Reasonable Efforts - The Paper Tiger
Reasonable efforts are not made in hundreds and hundreds of thousands of cases across the country.
--Marcia Robinson Lowry
Children's Rights Project
The Paper Tiger
A brief history of Public Law 96-272 and the
specific problems it was intended to address. Critics charge the law
suffered from a lack of federal leadership and meaningful enforcement. To
what extent is the law being followed by the states? Are any of the
states in compliance with the legislation?
Resistance to Change
Did Public Law 96-272 have a chance at
success? Critics charge the real battle would be fought by the very
bureaucracy responsible for the abuses the law was intended to address.
Critics charge that the child welfare bureaucracy
responsible for administering the law have themselves used it to their
advantage. This article is currently under construction.
Last Updated August 28, 2002