Foster Care Policy Analysis

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Current United States Foster Care Policies In 1980, congress passed a piece of legislature to help keep more families united. The Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act was meant to "prevent the unnecessary removal of children from their families and to promote reunification if foster placement has occurred" (Alexander & Alexander, 1995). However, for foster youth who are unable to return to their families, find adoptive homes, or find permanent guardianship by the age of 18, independence becomes the only option. To help youth achieve successful transition to independent living, The John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Act (FCIA) was created in 1999. Under this act, states could receive grants to assist youth exiting the system with …show more content…
This was a significant development because the added years of foster care could prepare youth to for more stable lives afterwards, less prone to homelessness, lack of finances, limited access to healthcare and other challenges.
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