CHILD WELFARE FEDERAL ACT ENHANCEMENTS by L68q1x

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									           AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION POLICIES RELATED TO
         FAMILY REUNIFICATIONOF CHILDREN FROM FOSTER CARE

CHILD WELFARE FINANCING REFORM                      FEBRUARY 2010

RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges Congress, state, territorial, tribal, and local
governments to enact child welfare financing laws and/or implement policies to reform the child welfare
financing structure to end the current fiscal incentives to place children in foster care. These reforms in
law and policy should:
(a) Encourage keeping or reunifying children safely with their birth families by increasing the
amount and flexibility of funding available for (family reunification) services. Services should
include direct access or connection to programs for affordable housing, transportation, anti-poverty
supports, substance abuse and mental health treatment, aid in addressing domestic violence, parenting
instruction and peer parent support programs, and quality parent representation programs.
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges federal, state, tribal, county and
territorial governments to pass child welfare financing laws and/or implement policies that encourage all
types of permanency for children, including safe and stable reunifications, by creating an enhanced
federal permanency encouragement initiative that will reward states and tribes for increasing their
rates of safe and stable parental reunifications…


RACIAL DISPARITIES IN CHILD WELFARE INTERVENTIONS                            AUGUST 2008

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the American Bar Association urges state, local, territorial and tribal child
welfare agencies, dependency courts and judges, and children’s and parents’ advocates to help racial and
ethnic minority families readily access needed services…


CHILD WELFARE FEDERAL & STATE LAW REFORM                           FEBRUARY 1997

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the American Bar Association reaffirms its commitment to legal system
reform to help assure safe and permanent homes for abused, neglected, and abandoned children, including
the protection of children within their nuclear or extended families, the reunification of families when
safe, and quick placement in new, permanent homes, through such options as adoption or guardianship.
CHILD WELFARE FEDERAL ACT ENHANCEMENTS                          AUGUST 1988

BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Bar Association supports amendments in the federal Adoption
Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 (P.L. 96-272) that would strengthen the role of the legal system
in planning for children in foster care and ensure better and more consistent services for children, as
follows:
(a) The Act should be amended to require states to establish a set of preventive and reunification
services that will be provided on a consistent, state-wide basis.
(b) The Act should be amended to require state child welfare agencies to provide detailed reports to
courts and to other interested agencies concerning preventive and reunification services available
throughout the state.
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