ERIC Number: ED313147
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Foster Care: Incomplete Implementation of the Reforms and Unknown Effectiveness. Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Program Evaluation and Methodology Div.
The General Accounting Office conducted a comprehensive assessment of the degree to which the section 427 reforms of the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 had been carried out, whether they were working, and whether they were still needed. A Senate Subcommittee and House Select Committee requested the assessment in response to reports that abuses of foster care were continuing despite the enactment of reforms in 1980 and increased appropriations for child welfare services. An executive summary is followed by a six-chapter report on findings. Chapter 1 is an introduction. Chapter 2 details foster care protections required for child welfare incentive funds. Chapter 3 addresses the issue of whether the reforms have been carried out. Chapter 4 reports on the effects of the reforms, and Chapter 5 assesses the continuing need for federal incentives for reform. Chapter 6 provides conclusions, recommendations, and an evaluation of agency comments. Related materials, such as the requirements of sections 427 and 425 and Health and Human Service's compliance review components, and the outcome of the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families reviews of states' compliance with section 427, are provided in eight appendices. A list of 124 references is included. (RH)
Descriptors: Administration, Background, Cost Effectiveness, Federal Legislation, Foster Care, Government Role, Incentive Grants, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation
U.S. General Accounting Office, Post Office Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (first 5 copies free, additional copies $2.00 each, 25% discount on orders for 100 or more copies).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Program Evaluation and Methodology Div.