100713: Impact of the Adoption and Safe Families Act (1997) on Families of Color

Workers Share Their Thoughts

About the Course:

Child welfare advocates concerned about the well-being of children of color are waiting to see what impact the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) of 1997 will have on this highly vulnerable group. Workers’ perceptions of the impact of ASFA on children and families were the focus of this national survey. The results of the study indicate that children of color and their families may be among the groups whho are most affected by the new legislation. Practice and policy implications are offered. COURSE SYLLABUS I. Literature Review II. Method III. Results A. Sociodemographic Characteristics B. Perceptions of ASFA’s Impact on Children and Families of Color IV. Discussion V. Implications and Conclusion


Families in Society (Alliance for Children and Families)

Publication Date:

2004/ Vol. 85, No. 1


Ramona W. Denby, PhD; Carla M. Curtis, PhD

About the Authors:

College of Urban Affairs The University of Nevada

College of Social Work The Ohio State University

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about child welfare advocacy. It is appropriate for participants with all levels of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify workers’ perceptions of the impact of ASFA on children and families, particularly families of color.

  2. Identify practice and policy implications.

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