The program ensures consents are obtained properly and makes diligent and timely efforts to match and place children with prospective adoptive parents who can meet their needs for safety, well-being, and permanency.
Interpretation Children are encouraged to participate in the decision-making process to the greatest extent possible given their age and developmental level.
NA The organization provides home study services only.
NA The organization provides post placement and/or post-adoption services only.
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Custody status and applicable notice and consent requirements are determined as early as possible.
The program ensures timely and diligent efforts to locate and provide notice to all parties who require notification or whose consent is required and documents such efforts in the case record.
Examples of steps that can be taken include:
Interpretation The program should take steps to prevent actions or practices that could limit or otherwise compromise a party's rights to notice and consent.
The program assesses all available information about the birth parents, the child, and prospective adoptive parents, including expressed preferences and determines which prospective adoptive parents may be most suitable to meet the needs of the child.
Interpretation An organization that has responsibility for placing an American Indian or Alaska Native child should work closely with the child’s tribe to identify adoptive homes within the tribal community. Families from all tribes to which the child has ties should be considered as placement options, and eligibility should be consistent with the norms of the tribe.
The program provides information about the prospective adoptive parents who were identified as possible matches to the birth parents, the youth, and/or the individual(s) who are responsible for making the placement decision and documents the provision of this information in its records.
The program incorporates provisions of applicable law and regulations for placement preferences and matching into its established criteria for determining or making recommendations about the best interests of the child and: