The Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980

The Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 requires that child protective services (CPS) agencies make reasonable efforts to avoid unnecessary removal of children from their homes and to reunify foster children with their families whenever possible. "Reasonable efforts" means providing parents with useful resources that enable them to protect the child, provide a stable home environment, and promote the child's well-being.

For more information about this Act, visit the following Web sites.