ERIC Number: ED264947
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Child Welfare and Adoption Assistance. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Public Assistance and Unemployment Compensation of the Committee on Ways and Means. House of Representatives, Ninety-Eighth Congress, Second Session (Hartford, Connecticut, June 1, 1984).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Ways and Means.
This hearing concerned the implementation of the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Amendments of 1980 (P.L. 96-272) in several New England states. Invited to testify were private representatives of child welfare organizations, foster parents, representatives of other organizations concerned with adoption and research activities, and witnesses from several New England states, including state child welfare officials from Maine, Vermont, and Connecticut. Testimony offered by foster parents focused on the foster care system and children's need for permanent placement. Agency representatives testified about the 1980 amendments and problems of placement, child welfare aspects of working with at-risk children, results of the Connecticut Department of Children and Youth Services/Yale Child Study Center Reunification Program (focusing on averting placement and the reunification of children in out-of-home placements with their biological parents), the prevention of placement and adoptive placement of children, and supportive services to high-risk adoptions. State agency directors and representatives reported on activities subsequent to passage of the amendments, state initiatives to prevent foster care placement, undesirable aspects of P.L. 96-272, statewide trends and recommendations for changes in the law, and problems of national policies and Federal legislation. Appended are testimonies offering specific recommendations relevant to P.L. 96-272, and several exhibits concerning Vermont's quantification of the unequal enforcement of the 1980 Act. (RH)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Ways and Means.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act 1980