The Adoption And Safe Families Act

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President Clinton signed the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) of 1997, Public Law 105-89 105th Cong., 1st sess. on November 19, 1997. The Act was the most significant piece of legislation dealing with child welfare in almost twenty years
Many children long for a forever family because they are not able to be reunited with their birth parents. Being an adoptive parent can change a child 's life forever, as well as bring new joy and fulfillment to your family. Relatives, families and friends are often the best place for children who have been removed from their birth parents. These kinship caregivers can give children the comforts of a home they deserve. Youth must be involved in the process and must have input. Many youth do want to be adopted, even if they initially say no. Youth need to be involved in recruitment efforts. Youth need to be able to identify persons with whom they feel they have connections. Youth need to work with professionals who understand them and enjoy working with them.
The Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) of 1997 clarified and updated the Independent Living Initiative of 1986 and created for the first time in federal law a requirement that the state initiate termination of parental rights when a child has been in state care for 15 of the previous 22 months (excepted in certain circumstances). ASFA also makes explicit that the child’s safety must be paramount in any decisions about the child’s placement in care. Before ASFA was signed into

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