Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Adoption and Safe Family Act of 1997

Here is a student paper about the Adoption and Safe Family Act.

The Adoption and Safe Families Act was signed on November 19, 1997. This law says that the health and safety of children should be the main concern of adoption agencies. They should also focus on making sure that they move children from foster care into permanent homes very quickly.
This act helps young children who are in foster care and need a permanent home. With this act, more children are being put in homes instead of having to live in foster care until they turn eighteen and age out. If a child is in a home that puts them at risk they should be taken out of that environment. With this act, the federal government puts pressure on child protection agencies to work more quickly to make good decisions about removing children from families and reuniting them with their families. If social workers and family courts decide that a child should not be put back into their home environment, this act also helps speed up the process for the child to be placed in foster care or a permanent adoptive home.

When a child is taken out of their home, there are specific things that need to be taken into account when deciding if the parental rights should be terminated. When considering the last 22 months, if the child has been in foster care for at least 15 months, they should not be put back into their homes. If the courts decide that an infant has, by law, been abandoned, then they must be taken away from their parents. Adults’ parental rights will be terminated if they are found guilty of injuring or killing one (or more) of their children.

When there is a child that is being placed into their new permanent home, a hearing will take place. This act also helps to make sure that these hearings are done quickly so that the child does not have to stay in foster care for too long while waiting for a hearing. Once the hearing has taken place to determine where the child should be placed, there are strict time limits on when the child should be placed in their new home. This new home could be with their parents, a relative, or a foster home.
If the family court decides that the child should be reunited with his or her family, there are many services available to that family. They can go through counseling, substance abuse treatment, mental health services, and assistance for domestic violence. This will help the agency (and all the rest of us who depend on professional child protection workers to prevent child abuse and child murder in our society) feel comfortable with placing the child back in their home with their parents.

 The adoption agencies receive incentive payments from the state so that the agencies can place these children in permanent homes. They get paid about $4,000 dollars per foster child that they place. With these incentive payments, agencies have made $20 million from government pay-outs since the law was enacted. These incentive payments help to provide the children with any service they might need before being placed in their new home.

The Adoption and Safe Families Act helps keep children in the safest environment for them. If the child has to be taken out of their home, then this makes it an easier and faster process for putting them in their permanent (adoptive) home. If the child will eventually be put back in the home with their parents, then this act also makes it easier and faster to be put back into their home.

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