forceable rights, the legislative history and context of the statute must be examined. The court, in so doing, found in fact that because of the explicit provisions of the statute, plaintiffs had a claim.
IMPLICATIONS: The AAA was enacted by Congress in 1980 as an amendment to the Social Security Act, in order to "lessen the emphasis on foster care placement and…, encourage greater efforts to find permanent homes for children either by making it possible for them to return to their own families or by placing them in adoptive homes" (S. Rep. No. 96-336, reprinted in 1980 U.S. Code Cong. & Admin. News 1448, 1450 [96th Cong., 2d sess.]). Although this case did not decide the fate of the children bringing the claim, it did give them a voice in court and validated that their rights are of great societal concern. The idea that "reasonable efforts" could therefore be verified in a judicial setting and not simply left to the good faith efforts of social service agencies was short-lived. The U.S. Supreme Court, in 1992, declared that an individual had no standing to enforce the AAA (see Carlo, 1993; Kopels & Rycraft, 1993; O'Donnell, 1992).