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The Challenge of Older Youth Adoptions From Foster Care

The enactment of the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) in 1997 marked a shift in focus in child welfare toward more and timelier adoptions of children from public foster care. Under ASFA, a timeline for the termination of parental rights was established to encourage timelier adoptions, and the Adoptions Incentives Program was  created to support States in increasing adoption numbers above a baseline. Overall, there has been great improvement following ASFA:

  •  The rate of children adopted from foster care has increased by approximately 77 percent, from 6.9 percent in FY 1998 to 12.1 percent in FY 2011.2
  • The average time from removal to termination of parental rights (TPR) has declined by 16 months, from approximately 36 months in FY 1998 to 20 months in FY 2011.
  • The average time from removal to adoption has decreased by 14 months, from 48 months in FY 1998 to 34 months in FY 2011.

To read the rest of this article, please visit: http://www.nrcadoption.org/pdfs/roundtable/ChallengeofOlderYouthAdoptions.pdf

Article Source: National Resource Center for Adoption
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