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Some adoption laws were just streamlined in California

There are many reasons why a child may wind up in the foster care system in California. Regardless of the reasons a child may need a new home, the foster parent to adoption laws in California use to be rather onerous and sometimes slowed the process down considerably. Recently, some of those laws were revised with the intention that children could find loving homes in a shorter span of time.

Before the changes were made, children who could not be placed in private homes were often sent to group homes to await further proceedings in their individual cases. Some of the children were placed in these settings due to their involvement in the juvenile justice system. However, it has been determined that these types of housing situations can lead to a child suffering trauma for lack of a close bond with a parental figure. The law now calls for these homes to be converted to short-term medical care facilities.

Along with discontinuing the practice of subjecting foster children to group homes, the laws that govern foster parents hoping to adopt have also been revised. Foster parents have long been required to attend training classes before they could be licensed in the system. However, whenever these care providers expressed a desire to adopt a child in their care, they were required to go through the training a second time. That requirement has now been dropped and the entire process of adopting an eligible foster child has been streamlined.

It is hoped that these revisions will result in a child finding a stable and permanent home in a shorter period of time. California foster families have expressed their appreciation for the changes and wished that biological parents were also required to attend training classes so that all children could be secure in their families. Residents who are ready to open their home to a child in need through adoption may choose to consult with a skilled family law professional who can provide compassionate assistance throughout the process.

Source: capradio.org, "From Foster Care To Adoption: How New Laws Are Helping Kids Find Stable Homes", Bob Moffitt, Accessed on Nov. 2, 2017

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