Legal Orphans Need Attorneys to Achieve Permanency
Journal Title Abbreviation
ABA Child Law Practice
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.
33 ABA Child Law Practice 12 (2014)