Creation of Outgoing Cases Standards of Practice and
June 1, 2009
To All Hague Accredited Agencies or Persons for Outgoing Cases:
RE: Creation of Outgoing Cases Standards of Practice and
Birth Mother/Parents Placement Preference Questionnaire
Call to Action: Bill Bistransky asked our group of agencies and attorneys who are accredited for Outgoing Cases to develop the Standards of Practice and the Protocol for the category of outgoing cases now included under the Amended Guidance, namely, cases where the Birth Mother/Parents select the adoptive parents who may or may not be US citizens.
The purpose of this communication is the express intent to work collaboratively with other ASPs/Approved Persons accredited for outgoing cases in the establishment of outgoing adoption protocol as it relates to Birth Mother/Parents adoption that is, 1) standardized in its process and, 2) meets the compliance standards as noted in 22 CFR 96 and 22 CFR 97 by establishing Standards of Practice for Outgoing Cases, and 3) creating a nationally accepted Birth Mother/Parents Placement Preference Questionnaire. This questionnaire will be pivotal in every outgoing infant adoption case as it will 1) demonstrate clearly the intent and motivation of the Birth Mother/Parents, and 2) illustrate the rights of the Birth Mother/Parents to exercise self-determination and informed consent in the placement of the child.
It is important that we complete these Outgoing Standards of Practice in a timely manner so that qualified cases may be processed by our Department of State under a protocol approved by DOS in advance of the case being presented for HCD or HAD approval. It is possible that some cases have already been started in the absence of this protocol so it will help all parties if we move forward with this assignment as quickly as possible
4. ASP/Approved Person arranges for a written interview with the Birth Mother/Parents, which will collect information and define the parameters of the kind of family that the Birth Mother/Parents is seeking. (See attached Birth Mother/Parents Preferred Placement Questionnaire, which can be used by all ASP/Approved Persons for Outgoing Cases)
6. Matching/Selection Process: After receipt of the NOP, the ASP/Approved Person may offer a Foreign PAP only if this family falls within the parameters described by the Birth Mother/Parents as demonstrated by the Birth Mother/Parents Preferred Placement Questionnaire, which was completed before any specific family was mentioned or suggested and was confirmed through independent counseling.