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The Basics of Adoption Practice

Adoption is a highly specialized field that places children with families and provides services to ensure that placements are permanent. In recent decades, the emphasis of adoption practice has shifted from helping families find children to finding safe and permanent families for children. Adoption professionals are expected to have extensive knowledge and understanding of recruitment and assessment of adoptive families, placement of children with a variety of strengths and needs, and supportive postadoption services to promote attachment and permanency. 

This bulletin provides information on:

  • Types of adoption
  • Family assessment
  • Child assessment
  • Birth parent involvement
  • Working With Birth and Adoptive Families to Support Open Adoption
  • Matching families and children
  • Sharing information with families
  • Involving youth in their placements
  • Placing children with families
  • Prefinalization services
  • Postadoption services

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