The adoption and safe families act was created to reduce the concerns that too many children were remaining in foster care for long periods of time and/or experiencing several different placements. This act changed the time requirement for permanency in the placement of children.
Allowed children to be placed safely in homes and required new safety review processes.
Now requires states to file for a termination of parental rights once children have been in foster care for 15 out of the 22 most recent months.
Allows for giving preference to adult relatives over non relative caregivers.