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Promoting Safe and Stable Families

Promoting Safe and Sable Families - Title IV-B-2... [more]

First Independent Analysis of Front Line Child Welfare Practice Reveals City's Reforms Not Reaching

Special Child Welfare Advisory Panel releases report that child welfare reform in New York City is not reaching performance of front-line workers.... [more]

The Adoption and Safe Families Act - Foster Parent Notice and an Opportunity to be Heard

Recognition by federal and state governments of the critical role foster parents, pre-adoptive parents and relatives caring for foster children play in the lives of those children. Laws and practice that address the implementation of input from these parties on behalf of foster children.... [more]

The US Department of Health and Human Services Issues Program Instruction on Interjurisdictional Ado

Responses to issues of interjurisdictional placement of children and provisions of the Adoption and Safe Families Act referred to as "geographic barriers".... [more]

Hiring an Attorney

Hire an attorney who is experienced in handling adoptions.... [more]

Legal Challenges to Adoptions

Facts and information about the legal considerations to understand when entering into planning to adopt a child.... [more]

Be a Voice for Children

Child advocates must come together to help policymakers hear and understand the needs of waiting children as well as foster and adoptive families as they develop legislative agendas and budgets for the coming years.... [more]

Using Child Welfare Mediation to Expedite Permanency

More than a dozen states are using or considering the use of mediation in custody cases. More states are likely to follow suit as they realize the benefits of this model.... [more]

Rediscovering Voluntary Relinquishment Practice

Voluntary relinquishment of parental rights allows for a child to move into a permanent placement situation; practices and policies surrounding this action.... [more]

The Adoption Process, Financial Incentives

An individual's take on the foster care system and financial incentives.... [more]


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