Ethical practice on the part of professionals working with expectant parents considering plans to relinquish their children for adoption is critical to ensuring their rights and, ultimately, the rights of the children. In this section are resources related to adoption practice with expectant parents and birth parents that have made an adoption plan for their child, including State and local examples.
Compassionate, Safe and Rigorous Child Protection Practice with Biological Parents of Adopted Children
Turnell, Elliott, & Hogg
Child Abuse Review, 16(2), 2007
Examines the trend toward using adoption as a tool of child protection primarily to ensure that children do not languish in care, and poses the question: does this trend obscure the rights of relinquishing birth parents?
Safeguarding the Rights and Well-Being of Birthparents in the Adoption Process (PDF - 466 KB)
The Donaldson Adoption Institute (2006)
Presents findings and recommendations based on a yearlong examination and analysis of research, literature, interviews, and experiences about the rights of birth parents in voluntary relinquishment in adoption.
Top Ten Ethical Considerations in Open Adoption Practice
American Adoption Congress (2008)
Proposes 10 principles for guiding open adoption practices.
Your Rights and Responsibilities: A Guide for Expectant Parents Considering Adoption
Discusses the differences between open adoption and openness in adoption, agency versus nonagency adoption, and the rights and responsibilities of birth parents. Important questions expectant parents should ask about issues that may be covered under State law are also explained.
A Birth Parent's Bill of Rights (PDF - 101 KB)
Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children (2008)
Informs birth parents of certain rights, some guaranteed by law, when considering placing their baby for adoption.
Completing an Adoption in Minnesota: The Rights and Responsibilities of Birth Parents, Prospective Adoptive Parents and Adoption Agencies (PDF - 314 KB)
Minnesota Department of Human Services (2006)
Explains the legal process for adoption in Minnesota. It also reviews the responsibilities of birth parents, adoptive parents, and agencies in completing an ethical adoption.