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Evolution of Federal Child Welfare Legislation















Key Child Welfare Legislation

Law Graphic Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 (ASFA)

In this legislation,   permanency was explicitly addressed as the primary goal for children in the child welfare system for the first time.  At that time, ASFA principally addressed three key issues in the child welfare system:

In response to these issues, ASFA:

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Case Example


You are a caseworker in the children’s services unit. Tamara is a six-year old child on your caseload who has been in foster care for the past 18 consecutive months.  On two occasions during the past 12 months she had overnight visits with her birth mother.  It appears that Tamara might be able to return to live with her mother because her mother has been making progress in her substance abuse treatment and has also been able to secure employment and safe housing.  You have not filed for a Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) Petition or documented an exception to the filing requirement because you still feel confident Tamara's mother is making substantial progress and will soon be able to care for her daughter.

Is this in compliance with the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997?
Why or why not?

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