Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

13.7 Foster Parent's and Other Caregivers Role in Preparing Child for Adoption

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection and Permanency
Standards of Practice Online Manual
Chapter 13-Adoption Services
13.7 Foster Parent's and Other Caregivers Role in Preparing Child for Adoption

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The support of the non-adopting foster parents is required for the successful adoptive placement of a child.  This includes supporting the child through the termination of parental rights process as well as the adoptive placement process.


The SSW:

  1. Communicates with and includes foster parents in the planning and implementation of the adoptive placement process;
  2. Helps the foster parents deal with issues relating to the loss of a child by:
    1. Sharing general information about the adoptive family with the foster parents;
    2. Asking the foster parents for their cooperation and support of the placement throughout the entire process;
    3. Informing the foster parents of the pre-placement conference and the value of their attendance;
    4. Preparing the foster parents for possible deteriorating behavior in the child prior to the adoption placement;
    5. Offering therapeutic resource linkages for both the child and the foster parents to address grief and loss issues;
    6. Asking the foster parent to complete the DSS-892-Daily Routine Form;
    7. Encouraging the foster parents to give the child permission to move on; and
    8. Maintaining contact and providing an appropriate venue for the foster parents to express their feelings of sadness due to the child’s move.


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