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Standards for Adoption Services
These resources provide guidance on critical elements and standards for providing adoption services, including State and local examples.
Adoptive Parent Preparation Project Phase I: Meeting the Mental Health and Developmental Needs of Adopted Children: Policy and Practice Perspective (PDF - 218 KB)
Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute (2008)
Outlines best practice standards for preparing adoptive parents to meet the mental health and developmental needs of their children.
Benchmarks of L GBT Cultural Competency
Human Rights Campaign
Describes 10 benchmarks agencies need to merit the HRC Foundation All Children-All Families Seal.
CWLA Standards of Excellence for Adoption Services
Child Welfare League of America
Outlines goals for adoption practice identified by the Child Welfare League of America with input from adoption and child welfare experts. The standards can be used in public, private, and nonprofit agencies and are relevant for domestic, intercountry, and special need adoptions.
Subpart F: Standards for Convention Accreditation and Approval
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations
Provides the Hague provision standards for accrediting agencies and approving persons.
State and local examples
Minimum Standards for Child-Placing Agencies (PDF - 1328 KB)
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Provides the minimum standards developed by the administrative procedure of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
Minimum Standards for Child-Placing Agencies: Principles, Regulations, Procedures (PDF - 347 KB)
Alabama Department of Human Resources (2002)
Presents standards for licensed child placing facilities in Alabama.
Minimum Standards for Licensed, Private Child Placing Agencies
Virginia General Assembly
Reports the Virginia General Assembly minimum standards for licensed private child placing agencies.
Standards for Child-Placing Agencies
Reports the Kentucky Legislature standards for child placing agencies.