The Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) is aimed at fulfilling the needs of safety, stability, and permanency of children either languishing in the foster care system or living in unsafe environments. The author reviews the social issue that gave rise to the institution of ASFA. The primary provisions of ASFA are outlined with an examination of the current policy’s benefits, beneficiaries, delivery, and funding. The strengths and weaknesses of ASFA are analyzed, and the current policy's adequacy, equality, and equity are assessed. Finally, two alternative policy recommendations that address the shortcomings of ASFA are discussed to promote child welfare in the United States.
School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Series/Report Name or Number
Journal of Undergraduate Social Work Research Vol 6 Issue 1