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ERIC Number: ED508228
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec-10
Pages: 138
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Intentions and Results: "A Look Back at the Adoption and Safe Families Act"
Urban Institute (NJ1)
President Clinton signed the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) of 1997, Public Law 105-89 105th Congress, 1st session on November 19, 1997. The ambitious new law aimed to reaffirm the focus on child safety in case decision making and to ensure that children did not languish and 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 has led an effort to reflect on what has been learned about the intended and unintended consequences of ASFA and the degree to which its goals have been realized. Together the two organizations have co-sponsored a series of papers on the effects of the ASFA law and its implementation written from the distinctive perspectives of researchers, policymakers, advocates, and parents and youth with first-hand experience of the child welfare system. The papers in this series examine the consequences of ASFA for children and families and for the child welfare systems that intervene in their lives. The papers in this series include: (1) The Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) (Olivia Golden and Jennifer Macomber); (2) "You Have to Get it Together": ASFA's Impact on Parents and Families (by the writers of Rise magazine and compiled by Nora McCarthy and Lynne Miller); (3) "I Want to Hold on to Them": ASFA's Impact on Teens (by the writers of Represent magazine and compiled by Nora McCarthy); (4) Adoption and Safe Families Act: No Second Chances? (Cassie Statuto Bevan); (5) "Twenty" Years with the Adoption and Safe Families Act (John B. Mattingly); (6) Judicial Viewpoints on ASFA (Ernestine S. Gray); (7) Adoption from Foster Care: A Chronicle of the Years after ASFA (Richard P. Barth); (8) The Impact of ASFA on Family Connections for Children (MaryLee Allen and Beth Davis-Pratt); (9) The Impact of ASFA on the Permanency and Independence for Youth in Foster Care (Jennifer Macomber); (10) ASFA Twelve Years Later: The Issue of Substance Abuse (Nancy Young and Sid Gardner); (11) Parents with a Mental Illness and Implementation of ASFA (Barbara J. Friesen, Joanne Nicholson, Katharine Kaplan, and Phyllis Solomon); (12) The Impact of ASFA on Immigrant Children in the Child Welfare System (Yali Lincroft and Bill Bettencourt); and (13) Sometimes Good Intentions Yield Bad Results: ASFA's Effect on Incarcerated Parents and Their Children (Martha L. Raimon, Arlene F. Lee, and Philip Genty). A concluding paper titled "Building Upon the Child Welfare Reform Efforts of the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA)" is also included. (Individual papers contain tables, figures, references, and footnotes.) [This paper was co-produced by the Center for the Study of Social Policy.]
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Authoring Institution: Urban Institute
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Adoption and Safe Families Act 1997