Title

Legal Orphans Need Attorneys to Achieve Permanency

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

First Page

12

Journal Title Abbreviation

ABA Child Law Practice

Abstract

On September 30, 2013, there were 402,378 children in the United States foster care system.1 Since foster care is temporary, the state’s goal is to move children into permanent situations.2 For most of these children, 53%, permanency means reuniting with their biological parents.3

However, when reunification is not possible, the next preferred option is adoption.4 To promote adoption, the federal Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) requires states to bring proceedings to terminate rights of parents who cannot provide stable homes for their children.5.

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