Federal Law

States are entitled to make their own laws regarding foster care and adoption. However, to receive money from the federal government to pay for foster care and adoption services, states must comply with federal law.  The fundamental challenge in child welfare is to balance a parent’s right to raise their child with the state’s obligation to ensure every child’s needs for safety, permanency and well-being.  The following resources should help you understand the basics about federal mandates which establish nationwide standards for ensuring that children in foster care end up with a permanent, loving family.

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