ERIC Number: ED439833
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Making Reasonable Efforts: A Permanent Home for Every Child.
Youth Law Center, San Francisco, CA.
In 1980, Congress passed the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act. The Act requires, in part, that states receiving federal monies under the Act make "reasonable efforts" to prevent the removal of children from their homes and, whenever possible, to reunify children placed in foster care with their families. In 1997, Congress passed the Adoption and Safe Families Act, which modifies the reasonable efforts requirement by allowing exceptions in certain situations and by using the same term, "reasonable efforts," to describe a new child welfare agency requirement to find permanent homes for children. Asserting that "reasonable efforts" has been one of the most hotly debated and confusing issues in the field of child welfare over the past 2 decades, this handbook details both the old and the new reasonable efforts requirements, and outlines the specific actions that should be taken by attorneys, judges, and child welfare agencies to ensure that the letter and spirit of the laws are met. The handbook also includes lists of organizational and Internet resources. (Contains 91 references and resources, including organizations, internet sites, and publications.) (EV)
Descriptors: Adoption, Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Child Welfare, Compliance (Legal), Federal Legislation, Foster Care, Foster Children, Safety
Program for Children, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, 250 Park Ave., New York, NY 10177-0026. Tel: 212-551-9100; Web site: http://fdncenter.org/grantmaker/emclark/index.html.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Youth Law Center, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Adoption and Safe Families Act 1997; Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act 1980