Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA)
What We Can Do To Help Formerly Incarcerated Women Keep Their Children
We can help formerly incarcerated women keep their children with holistic legal services and other support, writes Andi Mazingo.
Advocates and Officials Press Case for Overhauling Key Adoption and Child Welfare Law
Advocates, representatives and former child welfare officials say it's time to change a 1990s-era federal law that incentivized adoptions.
Stop Blaming the Uncooperative Mother
The "uncooperative mother" has become a racial trope used by well-meaning people who work in the child welfare system, writes Karen Baynes-Dunning.
If Adoption and Safe Families Act Can’t Be Repealed, Here’s How to At Least Make it Better
A new memorandum from the federal government’s top child welfare leaders argues that the field has been getting one of its most important goals — permanency — all wrong. After examining the latest research — including new analyses of federal data conducted by the U.S.
Adoption and Safe Families Act is The ‘Crime Bill’ of Child Welfare
As we move into a new Democratic administration, ending family separation inflicted by the so-called child welfare system should be a top priority. Specifically, the Biden administration should refuse to sanction the federal government’s endorsement of arbitrary timelines that permanently tear families apart. That
One Million Adoptions Later: Adoption and Safe Families Act at 20
Throughout the 1990s, the number of children in foster care surged, reaching a peak of 567,000 children in 1999. The rise occurred in the wake of the crack and cocaine epidemic, which forced tough choices on child welfare systems that were often ill-equipped to help keep families together.
Legendary Child Rights Litigator Staffs Up to Storm the Big City
Marcia Lowry, the crusading child welfare attorney, works out of an office on Hardscrabble Road. She didn’t name this leafy suburban New York lane, but it suits her reputation: The slew of big-ticket settlements she’s secured against large foster care systems made her one of the nation’s most respected, winning and – in some quarters – loathed attorneys for vulnerable youth.