The purpose of this subpart is to promote State flexibility in the development and expansion of a coordinated child and family services program that utilizes community-based agencies and ensures all children are raised in safe, loving families, by—
protecting and promoting the welfare of all children;
preventing the neglect, abuse, or exploitation of children;
supporting at-risk families through services which allow children, where appropriate, to remain safely with their families or return to their families in a timely manner;
promoting the safety, permanence, and well-being of children in foster care and adoptive families; and
providing training, professional development and support to ensure a well-qualified child welfare workforce.
(Aug. 14, 1935, ch. 531, title IV, § 421, as added Pub. L. 109–288, § 6(b)(3), Sept. 28, 2006, 120 Stat. 1244.)