This article discusses the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 and how it relates to the rules created by constitutional law and federal legislation about shifting children between foster care and adoption. The article focuses on the 15/22 months rule, which provides that a state should pursue adoption for a child who has remained in foster care for fifteen of the preceding 22 months and encourages states to take action to implement the 15/22 months rule to comply with the Constitution and federal law, noting that many children in foster care will need pre-adoptive and adoptive homes.
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GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-102, GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2012-102
Catherine J. Ross, Foster Children Awaiting Adoption Under the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, 9 ADOPTION Q. 121 (2006).