The program conducts outreach, recruitment and orientation activities in a responsive and ethical manner.
NA The organization only provides foster to adopt services.
NA The organization provides home study services only.
NA The organization provides post-placement and/or post-adoption services only.
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The program provides birth or prospective birth parents considering adoption with accurate information about the adoption process and services offered by the program and other organizations and individuals with whom they might work.
NA The program does not work with birth or prospective birth parents considering adoption.
Upon initial contact with youth who are considering or have a goal of adoption, the adoption worker provides age and developmentally appropriate information about the meaning of adoption, the adoption process, and services offered by the organization.
Interpretation Information about adoption may have already been provided by others and is sometimes provided before adoption is formally identified as a goal for youth. Adoption workers should have strategies for their initial contact with youth and strategies for engaging youth in conversations over time about adoption.
The program has a plan for recruitment of prospective adoptive parents and when the program has responsibility for placement of children in foster care, children with special needs, or American Indian and Alaska Native children, the plan details specialized recruitment strategies.
Interpretation An organization that has responsibility for placing American Indian and Alaska Native children should work closely with tribes to establish eligibility for adoptive parents that are consistent with the norms of the tribe and to identify adoptive homes within the tribal community through joint recruitment efforts.
Interpretation Organizations that use online photo listing services should ensure that appropriate mechanisms are in place to protect confidential information and respect an individual’s right to refuse to have their photo taken.
NA The program does not recruit prospective adoptive parents, for example, the program is a foster to adopt program.
When eligibility criteria is limited, the program: