The purpose of this study was to conduct an in-depth analysis of the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) of 1997. ASFA's aim was to decrease the number of children in foster care as well as their duration of stay by promoting permanency via adoption. A review of the scholarly literature is provided to place ASFA within the historical context of foster care and the child welfare system.
The results of this study indicate that while the number of adoptions have increased, so have the number of children waiting to be adopted and who continue to linger in care. ASFA has also created unintended consequences for children and families of color and who are in poverty. Limitations to the study as well as implications for social work policy and practice are discussed.
|Advisor:||Chambers, Ruth M.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Individual & family studies|
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