AS 1 - Adoptive Parent Recruitment
The organization ensures a diverse group of prospective adoptive parents considers the benefits and responsibilities of adoption, and a sufficient number of available adoptive families for children awaiting adoption.
Interpretation: An organization that has responsibility for placing Indian children should work closely with tribes to identify adoptive homes within the tribal community.
NA The organization only provides Foster Care to Adoption Services.
NA The organization provides homestudy services only.
NA The organization provides post placement services only.
Family members, foster parents, former caregivers, and other adults with a connection to the child are considered as prospective adoptive parents or as a resource for the child, and are appropriately involved in the child’s placement.
An organization that has responsibility for placing children with special needs makes a proactive, intensive effort to recruit adoptive parents.
Interpretation: Children with special needs can include: sibling groups, older children, children with health, physical, emotional, behavioral and developmental issues, and children of different racial or ethnic groups.
NA The organization does not place children with special needs for adoption.
Recruitment is conducted in a responsive, respectful, and ethical manner.
Interpretation: Organizations that use online photo listing services ensure that appropriate mechanisms are in place to protect confidential information and respect an individual's right to refuse to have their photo taken for cultural reasons.
Interpretation: Generally, when board members, employees, or consultants of the organization express interest in becoming adoptive parents, the organization refers them to another provider. If the organization allows board members, employees, or consultants to adopt children through the program, the organization must have a policy and procedures that address the circumstances under which this practice is allowed, conflicts of interest, confidentiality of client and adoptive parent information, evaluation of the adoptive home, and any other risks that have been identified by the organization.
When services are limited to specific types of adoptive families, the organization:
NA The organization does not limit services to specific types of adoptive families.
Applicants are treated equitably and are informed about what services will be available and when.
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