HHS Strategic Goals and Objectives - FY 2001 . Objective 2.4 - Improve the Safety and Security of Children and Youth


How We Will Accomplish Our Objective

We will promote child safety by incorporating the child safety priority into family preservation programs and providing technical assistance to states, Toddlers from different ethnicitiesparticularly emphasizing the importance of child safety in family preservation and reunification decisions.

We will remove barriers to adoptions by:

  • providing technical assistance to states, nonprofit organizations, and local communities on how to identify and remove these barriers, for example, court processes that prevent timely judicial actions to terminate parental rights (Adoption 2002 Initiative).

  • implementing an adoption bonus incentives program for states (Adoption 2002 Initiative).

  • providing technical assistance to state supreme courts to develop self-assessments and plans to achieve more timely actions on permanency decisions for children.

  • conducting reviews of state and local adoption and foster care agencies to determine if their programs are in compliance with the Adoption and Safe Families Act and nondiscrimination laws (Section 1808 of the Small Business Job Protection Act and the family recruitment provisions of the Multi-Ethnic Placement Act).

  • providing technical assistance and training for courts, child protection agencies, child welfare agencies and other service providers to help them comply with nondiscrimination laws.


2.4 Implementation Strategies
  • Promoting Child Safety
  • Removing Barriers to Adoptions
  • Services for Runaway and Homeless Youth
  • Research

We will provide developmental and other services to help runaway and homeless and other high-risk youth return home or live independently.

We will conduct research and demonstrations to:

  • better understand how to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect, and family violence (in cooperation with the Department of Justice).

  • identify the family preservation and support services that work.

  • test more effective child welfare practices.

  • assess and improve our technical assistance and training activities under the child welfare, foster care, and adoption assistance programs to improve the effectiveness and relevance of those activities.

HHS Agencies contributing to this objective:


  • develop better strategies for providing support and family preservation services to families that have incidents of abuse and neglect.

  • develop better strategies to help children in families with psychiatric and/or substance use disorders.