Updated Adoption Service Standards

Release of Updated Adoption Service Standards Expands Focus to Home Study Providers

The Council on Accreditation (COA) announces the release of updated standards of best practices for adoption services. With this release, COA is emphasizing key practices that are critical for programs establishing permanent family relationships for children.

Notable among the updates include standards relating to: trauma informed care and services; the use of a defined method and tools for completing a home study that is a thorough and unique assessment of each family; child-specific training and preparation for prospective adoptive families; providing proper notice and obtaining consents when birth parents are considering an adoption plan; and the full array of post-placement and post-adoption services that each member of the adoption triad can benefit from.  Additionally, the relevant standards for intercountry adoption services that apply to exempt and supervised providers have been integrated into the Adoption Services section, and COA’s Intercountry Adoption Standards are being officially retired. 

The full press release of the announcement can be accessed here.

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