Child Welfare Act Summary

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The Child welfare Act of 1980 and the Adoption Assistance provide significant federal financial support for a broad range of child protective services. This includes developing reporting systems, investigation of maltreatment reports, family preservation, reunification services, foster care, and adoption assistance. These policies also aid in supporting the role of the social worker when it comes to improving basic case practice. Mandating child care professionals to register all allegations of child abuse and neglect with authorities, mandating the creation of information systems on children in foster care, and making sure social workers receive proper case planning tools when working with children in foster care (,

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