Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

13.35 Working with the Family During Disruption

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
13.35 Working with the Family During Disruption

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Legal Authority/Introduction


It is the responsibility of the adoptive family’s recruitment and certification (R&C) worker or private child placing (PCP) provider to work with the family during disruption.


The R&C worker/PCP provider:

  1. Explains to the family that:
    1. Another family will be selected for the child;
    2. A schedule for the pre-placement conference and visits will be developed; and
    3. They are expected to help prepare the child for the move in the following ways:
      1. Explaining to the child why he is not remaining with them;
      2. Sharing information and speaking positively with the child about the new family;
      3. Participating in the pre-placement conference; and
      4. Cooperating with agency and new adoptive parents during pre-placement visits;
  2. Supports the family in the following ways:
    1. Being available to the disrupting family;
    2. Stressing the need to focus on the original plan when the disrupting family begins to advocate for an early move;
    3. Helping them talk about their feelings;
    4. Emphasizing family strengths; and
    5. Praising them for their cooperation and efforts to keep the child’s best interest in mind.
  3. The R&C worker provides follow-up services to the family after disruption.

Practice Guidance

  • The R&C worker/PCP provider is available to the family during pre-placement visits, and to meet regularly with the disrupting child in order to talk about their feelings and their functioning.




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