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

11/01/2002

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 (http://www.jcics.org/haguetop.html). 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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