ASFA: Adoption & Safe Families Act

  • Adoption and Safe Families Act
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  • When Policy Meets Practice: The Untested Effects of Permanency Reforms in Child Welfare
    ASFA emphasized child protection over family preservation, and introduced reforms intended to increase the likelihood and the speed with which children in the child welfare system attain a permanent home. This article from the = Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare details two provisions of the law, concurrent planning and reunification exception, and explores challenges in their implementation. These provisions have the potential to shift the nature of how child welfare services are delivered, and which families will receive them. An examination of implementation in the state of California suggests there is a need for further research regarding the application and effectiveness of these reforms to ensure they produce their intended effects.

  • Intentions and Results: A Look Back at the Adoption and Safe Families Act
    The Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA), signed into law on November 19, 1997, was the most significant piece of legislation dealing with child welfare in almost twenty years. The ambitious new law aimed to reaffirm the focus on child safety in case decision making and to ensure that children did not grow up in foster care but instead were connected with permanent families. Twelve years after the law was enacted, the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) in partnership with the Urban Institute co-sponsored this series of papers to examine effects of the ASFA law and its implementation. (December 2009)

  • Good Intentions, Mixed Outcomes
    In December 2009, the Center for the Study of Social Policy and the Urban Institute released a collection of 14 papers by child welfare practitioners and scholars. (See the resource above). This collection includes a paper by the writers of Rise, a magazine by and for parents affected by the child welfare system, which evaluates the impact of the federal Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) since its passage. In Rise's paper, nine parents reflect on the impact of ASFA on their families and communities. Good Intentions, Mixed Outcomes is the introduction to the Rise paper by Rise writer Lynne Miller.

  • A New Look at the Role of ASFA and Children's Ages in Adoption
    Updated analysis on the impact of the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) on the adoption of children from foster care can be found in the 2009 issue of the Roundtable newsletter published by the National Child Welfare Resource Center on Adoption. Author Penny Maza reviews data from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) to address trends in numbers of children adopted; time to termination of parent rights and adoption; age related variation; rates of emancipation and other factors. (2009)

NRCPFC Information Packet

  • ASFA by Viki Klee (May 2002)

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