The organization identifies adoptive families who can meet the needs of waiting children and facilitates timely placements.
Note: Foster Care to Adoption programs will implement FC 6 and AS 9.
NA The organization provides homestudy services only.
NA The organization provides post placement services only.
A process that examines the child’s needs and interests, and the prospective adoptive parents’ interpersonal and parenting skills, identifies an adoptive family that:
Interpretation: Children are encouraged to participate in the decision-making process to the greatest extent possible given their age and developmental level.
The child’s and prospective family’s religious, cultural, racial, linguistic, and ethnic identities are considered when identifying a family, provided such consideration:
Interpretation: Organizations should follow guidelines set forth in the Multi-Ethnic Placement Act.
The organization takes into account, whenever feasible and appropriate, birth parents' expressed desires regarding the child's placement, and when this consideration can delay placement, the organization:
Prospective adoptive parents are provided with sufficient information and time to make an informed decision about the placement, and assurance that the child is legally available for adoption.
Interpretation: Information includes all available non-identifying child and birth parent information, and information about the general circumstances leading to the decision to place the child for adoption. Prospective adoptive parents should be given sufficient time to comprehend large amounts of information about a child. If the organization develops a process to share information over time with parents, it should carefully consider what information must be shared prior to the decision to adopt. Intentional misrepresentation or concealment and negligent disclosure or withholding of information can put the organization at risk for wrongful adoption lawsuits. Practices that may limit exposure to liability include: informing prospective adoptive parents of limits on information gathering and disclosure, provision of information in writing, and training staff on procedures for collecting and disclosing information.
When a child is placed prior to termination of parental rights, the organization:
Interpretation: This standard does not apply in the case of customary adoption, when parental rights will not be terminated.
NA The organization does not place children prior to the termination of parental rights.
The child is placed as soon as the family and child are prepared, and adoptive parents receive assistance:
Indian children are placed according ot the placement preferences specified in the Indian Child Welfare Act as applicable.