In this section find Federal guidelines and resources that explain how Federal legislation affects child welfare service delivery.
Child Welfare: Recently Enacted Changes in Federal Policy
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Describes child welfare provisions of seven laws in order of their enactment. The laws are the Fair Access to Foster Care Act of 2005, Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, Safe and Timely Interstate Placement Act of 2006, Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006, and Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006.
Making MEPA-IEP Work: Tools for Professionals
McRoy, Mica, Freundlich, & Kroll
Child Welfare, 86(2), 2007
Explores the background of the Multiethnic Placement Act. The paper also describes the disparate outcomes for minority children in the child welfare system, and identifies agency challenges in finding permanent families for African-American children.
Title IV-E Claims and Adoption Assistance Payments (PDF - 325 KB)
Discusses Federal legislation that was passed to provide subsidies to adoptive families to encourage the adoption of children with special needs, including Adoption Opportunities grants and the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980, also known as Title IV-E of the Social Security Act.