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Adoption From Foster Care – Is it More About the Money Than the

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by Terri LaPoint

By Terri LaPoint
September 6, 2019

The numbers do not add up. There are more children adopted out of foster care to non-family members than there are “substantiated” allegations of abuse or neglect against the parents. The data calls into question the entire rationale that has been given for funding adoptions from foster care.

The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 (ASFA), promoted by the Clintons and passed by Congress, was publicized as an important means of “keeping those poor, abused, neglected foster children from languishing in foster care, helping them to find their Forever Families.

At the time when ASFA was enacted, The Washington Post touted the bill as:

the most significant change in federal child-protection policy in almost two decades.

The rhetoric sounded good, and it resonated with millions of Americans, and with lawmakers. The problem is – that is not what is happening.

Instead, hundreds of thousands of children are being taken from families whose biggest crime may be that they are poor, or that they asked for a second medical opinion for their child.

ASFA Adoption Bonuses – Only Apply to Stranger Adoptions

The Adoption and Safe Families Act provides large amounts of federal dollars to states and Child Protective Service (CPS) agencies, to the tune of billions of dollars per year, to financially incentivize the adoption of children from foster care.

From the Adoption and Safe Families Act bill text.    READ MORE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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