The program conducts assessments and collects information to evaluate service needs, facilitate matching and permanency, and to ensure information will be available for future use.
Interpretation The term child study includes both the process of assessing the needs of the child and to the written report which is generally included in the referral information provided to prospective adoptive parents.
NA The organization provides home study services only.
NA The organization provides post-placement and/or post-adoption services only.
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Assessments are conducted and information is collected in a strengths-based, culturally- and linguistically responsive manner to identify services and resources that support the achievement of agreed upon goals and increase engagement in service delivery.
The organization gathers and reviews records and information about both birth parents and their extended families from birth parents or other individuals, including:
Interpretation A birth parent’s social history should include information about: marital status, family history, employment, education, religion, interests, and talents.
When the program is unable to obtain this information, it makes reasonable efforts to obtain the information up until the time when the adoption is finalized and documents efforts to obtain the missing information in the case record.
In foster care adoptions, information from the foster care record should be obtained before the record is sealed, and appropriate information should be shared with the prospective adoptive parents.
Interpretation In child-focused recruitment programs, the worker must conduct an in-depth review of the records and information obtained, which should also include all significant people in the child’s life, past or present.
The organization gathers records and information about the child from the youth, birth parents, or other individuals who have custody or are responsible for care of the child including:
The organization identifies American Indian and Alaska Native children and has a process to ensure outreach and collaboration with the tribe or Indian organization to:
Interpretation All programs must have established procedures for identifying American Indian and Alaska Native children to determine if the child or his/her biological parent(s) are members of a federally recognized Indian tribe, or if the child is eligible for membership in a federally recognized Indian tribe. Physical appearance, blood quantum, or perceived presence or absence of cultural cues within the family are not appropriate determinants of ICWA applicability. The organization should document efforts to identify and contact children’s tribes and if tribes are unknown the organization should contact the regional office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs to identify, locate, and notify the child’s tribe.