Foster Care, Reunification, and Adoption

Jill Duerr Berrick, Barbara Needell, Richard P. Barth and Melissa Jonson-Reid

in The Tender Years

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780195114539
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865819 | DOI:

Series: Child Welfare: A Series in Child Welfare Practice, Policy, and Research

 Foster Care, Reunification, and Adoption

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This chapter examines foster care, family reunification, and adoption. Foster care is an extreme intervention for maltreated children who cannot remain safely at home. During placement, a child welfare professional coordinates services with the goal of reunifying the family. If this goal cannot be achieved in a specified period (eighteen months in most states, but twelve months in California), the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 mandates the implementation of an alternative permanent plan — specifically adoption, guardianship, or long-term foster care. Foster care performance indicators are discussed. A summary of key findings and recommendations regarding foster care, reunification, and adoption is presented at the end of the chapter.

Keywords: child welfare; child services; foster care performance; adoption; guardianship

Chapter.  8291 words.  Illustrated.

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