Most adoptions involve minor children in a legal process that profoundly affects them for the rest of their lives. It is imperative that professionals involved in adoptions act ethically to safeguard the rights of vulnerable children. In this section, find resources related to ethics and the rights of children in adoption.
Confidentiality Protections and Internet Adoption Postings
Council on Accreditation (2004)
Describes the positive and negative aspects of Internet adoption postings.
Ethics and Family Recruitment
New York State Citizens' Coalition for Children
Provides suggestions about recruitment of families via photolisting children and some of the ethical considerations about this recruitment technique.
Lasting Impressions: A Guide for Photolisting Children (PDF - 627 KB)
Freundlich, Gerstenzang, & Blair (2003)
Describes best practices for photolistings children available for adoption and written child summaries that maintain the privacy of the child and share enough information to interest potential parents.
Should We Photolist Waiting Children?
Gerstenzang & Freundlich
Children's Voice, November/December 2003
Addresses the ethical issues that arise when considering whether to photolist children waiting to be adopted.
The Rights of the Child in Domestic and Intercountry Adoption: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for Practice (PDF - 299 KB)
International Social Service, American Branch (2004)
Presents the international adoption ethics and principles developed by the International Resource Centre for the Protection of Children in Adoption.
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Information Packet: Birthright: An Adopted Person's Right to Know (PDF - 125 KB)
National Resource Center for Foster Care and Permanency Planning
Provides information about the policies and principles concerning adopted people who search for their birth parents.
Profiling Children on the Internet: A Good Practice Guide
Offers guidelines for adoption agencies that are considering providing profiles of children online. It draws on information gathered through surveys of agencies and subscribers to the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) newsletter, and a survey of 30 websites in the United Kingdom on general information provided about adoption and fostering.