Prospective adoptive parents complete required training to prepare them for adoption.
Interpretation Training must meet all applicable state requirements and for international adoptions training must also meet all requirements of 22 CFR Part 96.48 and the child’s country of origin.
NA The organization provides home study services only.
NA The organization provides post-placement and/or post-adoption services only.
NA The organization provides child-focused recruitment only.
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Suitable training methods and standardized and individualized curricula are used by the program to ensure each prospective adoptive parent is adequately prepared for placement.
Examples: The program may customize their training methods and curricula based on the types of adoptions they are involved with or the unique characteristics of clients served. For example, relatives, foster parents or prospective adoptive parents who have already adopted another child through the program may not need training in all areas as new prospective adoptive parents.
Interpretation With regards to element (a), it is especially important for training to include educating prospective adoptive parents on the ways in which laws and regulations might impact the adoption process. For example, it is important for prospective adoptive parents to receive training on the Indian Child Welfare Act, its impact on placement and permanency for American Indian and Alaska Native children, and its requirements relating to supporting the child’s cultural identity and facilitating connections to the his or her tribe.
Prospective adoptive parents receive directly or by referral: