Complying with Federal laws
Find resources in this section to assist administrators and managers in complying with Federal legislation related to adoption.
Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006: Issues for Child Welfare Agencies (PDF - 70 KB)
Miller & Bissell (2007)
Addresses the law's effect on policy and practice for conducting criminal background checks and child abuse registry checks of prospective foster and adoptive parents.
Compliance With the Multiethnic Placement Act of 1994, as Amended, and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2009)
Focuses on Federal laws that apply to the consideration of race, color, and national origin and how they interrelate. Practical guidance is offered on how child welfare agencies and social workers can comply with MEPA in their programs and daily practice regarding the placement of children; enforcement of title VI and MEPA; compliance tips; and legal, regulatory, and policy authority.
The Fostering Connections Resource Center
Child Trends & The Finance Project
Gathers information, training, and tools related to furthering the implementation of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-351). The Center tracks Federal guidance and regulatory activity, State and Tribal implementation efforts, and examples of best practices and legislative approaches.
Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Online Training Course
National Indian Child Welfare Association (2008)
Explains ICWA in easy-to-understand language and recommends effective child welfare practices when working with an ICWA case. A registration fee is required.
A Practical Guide to the Indian Child Welfare Act
Native American Rights Fund (2007)
Provides comprehensive information on ICWA, including an introduction to the law, answers to frequently asked questions, and an appendix of laws, guides, and other resources related to the law.