Ethics, Adoption, and Laws
The legal process of adoption is governed by State law in the United States. State laws must comply with overarching Federal legislation. It is imperative that social workers, agencies, adoption service providers, judges, attorneys, and other professionals involved with the legal process of adoption act ethically to ensure the rights of all parties to an adoption. In this section find resources on ethics in relation to adoption and laws.
Code of Ethics
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
Provides adoption attorneys with procedural guidelines for the disposition of ethics violations.
Adoption Attorneys: A Higher Standard of Ethics
Walling, Berg, & Debele, P.A. (2010)
Discusses the importance of adhering to a strong code of ethics in adoption cases.
Ethical and Legal Dilemmas in Adoption Social Work
Schweitzer & Pollack (2006)
Explores ethical and legal dilemmas in adoption social work, focusing on confidentiality, rights of biological parents, disclosure of information, search and reunion, and other issues.
Legal Ethics in Child Welfare Cases
Addresses ethical issues for lawyers representing parents, children, and child welfare agencies in child abuse/neglect and termination of parental rights proceedings.
Legal Issues and Financial Aspects of Adoption
Henry & Pollack (2008)
In Adoption in the United States: A Reference for Families, Professionals and Students
Reviews the financial and legal issues parents and professionals may face during the adoption process.
Legal Representation of Birth Parents and Adoptive Parents
Adoption Quarterly, 9(4), 2006
Examines how legal representation of birth parents and adoptive parents may or may not play a role in promoting the deliberate decision-making and finality that characterize ethically and humanely conducted independent adoptions.
|Who May Adopt, Be Adopted, or Place a Child for Adoption?|
|Series Title:||State Statutes|
|Author(s):||Child Welfare Information Gateway
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|Year Published:||2012 - 37 pages|
|Summarizes State laws regarding eligibility for becoming an adoptive parent (in terms of marital status, age, residency, and more), eligibility for being adopted as a child or adult, and authority to place a child for adoption. The summary is followed by an alphabetical listing of States' relevant statutes.|