Hidden in the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 are two words that came to summarize the expectations of the law, typify its vagueness, and predict its controversy-"reasonable efforts." This article explores five factors to clarify the policy implications of the reasonable efforts phrase: " the disproportionately large effects of the requirement for "reasonable efforts;"
- the unanticipated consequences of the clause;
- the shift in the locus of control from social service agencies to court authorities;
- the reduction in discretion for direct and administrative social work personnel; and
- the social, political, and economic realities that framed the reasonable efforts debate.
Blome, Wendy Whiting
"Reasonable Efforts, Unreasonable Effects: A Retrospective Analysis of the 'Reasonable Efforts' Clause in the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 23:
3, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol23/iss3/8
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