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  1. Adoptions

  2. “There are no unwanted children, just unfound families.”—The National Adoption Center Values and Assumptions Exercise

  3. Learning Outcomes • Describe the legal requirements for adoptions • Understand the key elements of the adoption process, including the unified home study • Prepare the child and family • Explore the open adoption arrangement

  4. What is Adoption?

  5. Laws that Apply to Adoptions FEDERAL • ASFA • ICWA • ICPC • MEPA/IEPA WASHINGTON • RCW 26.33 • WAC 388-27

  6. Who Can Adopt?

  7. Children Available for Adoption • 1,667 foster children ready for adoption (as of 9/2013) • Range in age • May be part of a sibling group (2 or more) • Represent diverse ethnic and cultural populations • May have medical, mental and/or physical health issues • May have developmental delays • May have developmental disabilities • May have been exposed to drug and alcohol use/abuse

  8. When Adoption becomes a Goal • Parents unable to reach case plan objectives • Relinquishment of parental rights • Termination of parental rights

  9. Transferring the Case Make sure to provide comprehensive assessment information: • Relative search • Medical/social history • Cultural history • Conduct a shared planning staffing • Activities to help the child cope with loss and manage change

  10. Matching a Family and Child FINDING A FIT THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME http://video.adoptuskids.org/v/default.asp?videoID=30757270&ws=0

  11. Unified Home Study Pair n Share: • What do you believe to be the most pertinent and informative questions that need to be asked of potential adoptive parents? • How do you believe all of the information is going to be used to determine the eligibility of a potential adoptive family? • Are there answers to any of the questions that you believe would immediately disqualify a family interested in adoption? Why?

  12. Remember… To keep an eye on the

  13. Preparing the Child and Adoptive Family Stages of the Adoption Process • Placement • Honeymoon • Pre-Finalization • Post Finalization Common themes to be addressed: • Answering the child’s questions - based on developmental stage • Signs of grief, loss, and trauma - by developmental stage • Creating permanent connections and an identity of belonging • Creating a family identity that celebrates the child’s adoption journey

  14. Don’t Forget the Family of Origin • We partner throughout • Adoptive planning • Opportunities for involvement • Services for birth parents

  15. Open Adoptions Agreement Are beneficial to: • Maintain positive relationships • Maintain and celebrate all the important people in a child’s life • Allow the child to resolve losses with truth rather than fantasies

  16. Adoption Support • Offsets some costs related to: • Adoption process • Child’s special needs • Eligibility and amount determined prior to adoption • Family must apply • May be amended post adoption

  17. The Adoption Legal Process • Match family and child • Adoption support settled • Adoptive parents obtain lawyer to submit Petition for Adoption • Adoption hearing takes place • Decree of Adoption issued – Parent/Child relationship legal • Adoptive parents submit Decree to DOH (new birth certificate) and SSA (new ss number)