PA-AS 12 - Administrative Practice
Administrative practices are ethical and professional, and respect the rights of all parties involved in the adoption.
Fees are fair, reasonable, and based on costs associated with service delivery, and parents are only charged for services provided.
Interpretation: Practices are developed to protect the interests of prospective adoptive parents if the agency closes the adoption program. One example of such a practice is to place funds collected prior to the delivery of a service in a separate account, and provide an accounting of disbursements to parents.
NA The agency does not charge fees for adoption services.
When reviewing and approving the agency's adoption fee policy, consideration is given to ethical issues associated with charging adoption fees, including:
NA The agency does not charge fees for adoption services, or charges fees only for homestudies.
The agency, its personnel, and independent contractors do not accept or provide financial or other consideration beyond reimbursement for services.
Interpretation: The agency must demonstrate thoughtfully developed, fully implemented policies that ensure that professional decision-making is separate from financial considerations, and that all actions have a sound ethical and professional basis. Prospective adoptive parents interested in making donations can be advised to do so after the adoption has been finalized.
When the agency collaborates with other organizations or individuals to deliver services:
NA The agency does not collaborate with other providers.
Records are retained for the period required by applicable law, or in the absence of such law for at least 99 years, and the agency has a plan for transfer of records if the adoption program is closed.
All releases of identifying information about adopted persons, birth parents, and adoptive families are in accordance with individual preferences and applicable regulation.
Interpretation: In cases where an individual waives confidentiality, informed consent is obtained in the form of a notarized affidavit before any contact or exchange of identifying information occurs.
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