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Toward Creating a Policy of Permanence for America's Disposable Children: The Evolution of Federal Funding Statutes for Foster Care from 1961 to Present

Deborah L. Sanders

in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family

Volume 17, issue 2, pages 211-243
Published in print August 2003 | ISSN: 1360-9939
Published online August 2003 | e-ISSN: 1464-3707 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/lawfam/17.2.211
Toward Creating a Policy of Permanence for America's Disposable Children: The Evolution of Federal Funding Statutes for Foster Care from 1961 to Present

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Policy concerning the needs of children placed in foster care has evolved with our national awareness of the needs of children in general. As our society has moved away from a focus on adult‐centred freedoms to a child‐centred consciousness, so too have our federal laws. The federal foster care funding statutes, which act as a contract between the federal government and states agreeing to their terms, dictate standards for the minimum of care that we as a society can accept for our most vulnerable children. This paper will analyse the creation and refinement of foster care policy through three federal statutes: the 1961 Act, the Child Welfare Act 1980 and the Adoption and Safe Families Act 1997. Because these statutes do not confer individual rights or provide a means of individual redress through the courts, but instead provide only funding in exchange for compliance, progress can only be expected through congressional oversight and public vigilance.

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