Use of Advertising and Facilitators in Adoptive Placements - New Jersey

Date: July 2020

Use of Advertisement

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.

Use of Intermediaries/Facilitators

Citation: Ann. Stat. §§ 9:3-38(l); 9:3-39.1(a)(4)

An intermediary is any person or entity, which is not an approved agency, that acts for or between any birth parent and any prospective adoptive parent, on behalf of either in connection with the placement of a child for adoption.

An intermediary shall not receive money or other valuable consideration in connection with such placement.

The following conditions must be met when placement is through an intermediary:

  • The person with whom the child is placed shall have been approved for placement by an approved agency home study.
  • The birth parent shall have been offered counseling.
  • Written notice shall be given to the birth parent.
  • A decision by the birth parent not to place the child cannot be conditioned upon reimbursement of expenses paid by the adoptive parent.