Foster Care Reform

January 9, 1998 • Volume 8, Issue 1
Can new approaches stem the crisis?
By Rachel S. Cox

Introduction

Since 1992, the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, Md., has funded “Family to Family” programs in six states to develop links between birth and foster parents. (Photo Credit: Lizzie Himmel, courtesy of the Casey Foundation) January 9, 1998 The CQ Researcher      Pages 1 - 24© 1997, Congressional Quarterly Inc. All rights reserved.
Since 1992, the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, Md., has funded “Family to Family” programs in six states to develop links between birth and foster parents. (Photo Credit: Lizzie Himmel, courtesy of the Casey Foundation) January 9, 1998 The CQ Researcher      Pages 1 - 24© 1997, Congressional Quarterly Inc. All rights reserved.

On the last day of the 1997 legislative session, Congress passed what has been hailed as the most significant overhaul of the foster care system in nearly 20 years. The Adoption and Safe Families Act is designed to hasten the adoption of children in foster care by putting more emphasis on children's safety rather than returning them to dangerous family situations. In doing so, the legislation addresses one of the leading criticisms of existing child-protective law – that it overemphasizes family preservation rather than protecting abused and neglected children. The legislation also gives states new financial incentives to find adoptive parents. But critics question whether the law can increase the underfunded child-welfare system's ability to cope with acute societal problems caused by drugs, AIDS and poverty.

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Apr. 22, 2005  Child Welfare Reform
Sep. 10, 1999  Adoption Controversies
Jan. 09, 1998  Foster Care Reform
Nov. 26, 1993  Adoption
Sep. 27, 1991  Foster Care Crisis
Dec. 11, 1987  Independent Adoptions
Nov. 16, 1984  Issues in Child Adoption
Jun. 27, 1973  Child Adoption
Nov. 09, 1951  Child Adoption Safeguards
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