The Need for a Consensus Standard of Care in Screening Prospective Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Placements.
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The lack of a clear legal “standard of care” for the evaluation and screening of prospective adoptive, foster, and kinship applicants directly undermines the child placement process, the physical and emotional development of children placed in adoptive and foster homes, and the adjudication of legal issues arising when children are harmed. Often, it is only when a lawsuit is filed that society is forced to take a hard look at its legal expectations, and it is then compelled to acknowledge that there may be a very real distinction between child welfare’s “best practice” standard and the legal standard of care.
Pollack, D. (2012). The Need for a Consensus Standard of Care in Screening Prospective Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Placements. Capital University Law School 40(2):
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