This law provides for the screening of foster parents for children for any cases of past child abuse; thus protecting children from sexual exploitation and violent home environment. The Act requires cooperation across states in enforcing of screening procedures and maintains the privacy and integrity of reports of child abuse by preventing unauthorized access. In addition, other stakeholders like the Attorney General and the Human and Health Services are expected to cooperate in detection, recording and prosecution of cases of child abuse.
This law is enforceable since all stakeholders have a role to play; therefore, each will maintain the necessary checks on others to ensure that all is done for the wellbeing of children. Moreover, since it applies to all states, it ensures uniformity throughout the United States since the interpretation of the law is universally similar. The law would be effective if all stakeholders did their duties with the wellbeing of children as the primary concern; however, they cannot be depended on to do so and that is why this law may not be successful. For instance, many cases of child abuse are never reported, and using fingerprint screening and previous records is an ineffective Endeavour that may succeed in reducing cases but not eliminating them altogether (Childwelfare.gov).
Recommendation. Other approaches to screening of foster parents should be included in the law, including holding consultations with local religious and administrative figures to identify any unreported cases of child abuse.
Under this Act, states should ensure safe placement of foster children originating from within their border. This means that regardless of the destination state, the originating state for foster children would be responsible for their wellbeing. States should ensure timely placement of children by adhering to the 60 - 75 days of submitting results for home study requests from other