Assessing the Field of Post-Adoption Services: Family Needs, Program Models, and Evaluation Issues. Summary Report. 2.4.3 Private and International Adoptions


Advocates support PAS availability for all adoptive families, not only those adopting from foster care.

At the December 2000 National Conference on Post-Adoption Services, there were repeated affirmations of the concept that post-adoption services should be universally available to all adopted children, regardless of any past involvement with the U.S. foster care system. Article 9 of the recently ratified Hague Convention on International Adoption requires participating countries to promote the development of adoption counseling and post-adoption services in their States. In this country, the Hague Convention is implemented by the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 ( New Child Welfare League of America standards will include provision of post-adoption services among its criteria for accreditation of private adoption agencies (including those providing international adoptions).

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