Policy Resources

The following resources provide additional information about federal legislation as well as state and tribal statutes.

Implementation of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 - A reference for stakeholders interested in locating Children's Bureau policy, guidance, and other implementation activities related to the Fostering Connection to Success and Increasing Adoption Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-351).

Understanding and Complying With Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and The Multiethnic Placement Act of 1994, as amended by The Interethnic Adoption Provisions (IEP) - This video presentation is sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau, in coordination with the National Resource Center for Adoption, a service of the Children's Bureau. Download the PowerPoint in PDF Format.

THOMAS - Searchable database of full text federal legislation (maintained by the Library of Congress).

Congress.gov - Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. Until all data sets from the legacy system are available from the new system, THOMAS will be accessible. THOMAS Retirement - Frequently Asked Questions provides additional information.

Summaries of State Legislation Enacted in Response to the Adoption and Safe Family Act of 1997 - and other resources (maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures).

State Statutes Search - Search Child Welfare Information Gateway for state statutes on issues related to child abuse and neglect, child welfare, and adoption. Results will provide summaries of state statutes (and full text of laws, in some cases).

Last Reviewed: June 14, 2016