But Keep this in Mind:
In 1980, Congress passed the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act.1 The Adoption Assistance Act requires, in part, that states receiving federal monies under the Act>>
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 (ASFA),2 which modifies the reasonable efforts requirement by allowing exceptions to the requirement 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.
Adoption Assistance Act
of “reasonable efforts.”
The Adoption Assistance Act contains no detailed definition of “reasonable efforts.”
has been one of the most hotly
debated and confusing issues in the field of child
welfare over the past two decades.
(And Here WE are Today?)