ERIC Number: ED308446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
State Child Welfare Reform: Toward a Family-Based Policy.
Robison, Susan; Schwoch, Sharon, Ed.
This report outlines state legislative initiatives to develop family-based child welfare public policy. Emphasis is placed on legislation to ensure that "reasonable efforts" are made to reduce the need for out-of-home placement of children. Also included is an update of state implementation of permanency planning initiatives related to agency practices and procedures, the termination of parental rights, adoption assistance, and alternative forms of permanent placements. The report states that increasingly state lawmakers have mobilized to develop family-based child welfare public policy, with the new emphasis on providing permanent homes for children and with the goal of providing services to keep families together. The report concludes that statutory initiatives provide direction to the courts and child welfare agencies and outline parental responsibilities, and that states then realize the social and financial benefits of keeping families together. A case study of a family under stress from a premature baby, an accident-prone 3-year-old, and financial problems is presented to illustrate the differences between placing the children in foster care and providing supportive services to keep the family together. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.