with the family of their readiness to parent and reach a decision
about adoptive planning, including assistance in resolution of
issues related to infertility; determination with them of the
characteristics of a child whom they can parent; discussion of
the role of the birth parents in the planning, especially in regard
to open adoption; and openness to sharing information with the
child about the adoptive process.
-- Assistance understanding the complexities
-- Helping the adoptive family to assess
the type of placement (infant, older child,
traditional, intercultural, open, etc.) that
would be most appropriate for them.
-- Helping the adoptive parents to understand
the emotional needs and behavior
dynamics of older children who
may have experienced neglect
or abuse, and of children with
-- Providing links with community resources
according to the placement situation.
-- Assisting the adoptive parents
with the dynamics of open
adoption and providing training
if that is their placement choice.
services to adoptive parents if there is an extended waiting period
between approval and placement of a child.
in completing legal adoption of the child.
disclosure of information known to the agency about the child,
the child's parents, and the circumstances leading to adoption,
with careful attention paid to the details of genetic and medical
of further medical or other information of a familial or hereditary
nature obtained after the adoption.
resources that enable adoptive parents of children of other races
or cultures to help the children attain a positive sense of racial
and ethnic identity.
for discussion of adoption issues with the child
for adoptive families to have contact with one another to encourage
awareness, provide support, prevent isolation, and influence public
upon request, to assist with problems associated with child rearing
of counseling, or referral for counseling, to the former adoptive
parents, if disruption of an adoptive placement occurs.