13.20 Post Placement Services



Practice Guidance

  • Families with health insurance are reminded to add the child to their plan.​ 
  • The adoptive family participates in case planning conferences and permanency hearings until the adoption is finalized.
  • Post Placement Services Provided by the PCC 
    • The PCC provider gives a copy of their recordings and a written progress report on the status of the placement to the SSW. 3 
    • The report includes: 
      • Dates, locations, persons contacted and type of contact, e.g. phone, home visit and office interview; 
      • Observation and analysis of the child’s physical, mental and emotional development. If the child has medical issues, monthly reports include written updates from medical providers; 
      • An evaluation of the quality of the relationships existing between the child and the adoptive family; 
      • Any other appropriate comments and recommendations; and 
      • Target date for achieving permanency (adoption finalization). 
  • A SSW may also need to provide post-legal adoption services following the finalization of the adoption. The SSW documents all services or contacts with the family (and child) within thirty (30) days of the date of the service.​


The R&C worker:
  1. Contacts the family by phone within twenty-four (24) hours after placement to obtain an update on the child and family; 1 
  2. Makes a face to face visit with the child and adopting family no later than three (3) working days after placement; 
  3. Contacts the family weekly during the first month of placement and visits with the child and adopting family in the family’s home at least monthly until the adoption is finalized; 2 
  4. Consults, by phone, with the child’s SSW concerning significant problems in the child's adjustment; 
  5. Assists the family in accessing support services, counseling, support groups, parenting classes, medical services, resource parent mentors, day care, respite care, residential care, etc.; 
  6. Reviews DCBS corporal punishment policy with the family and discusses alternate methods of discipline; 
  7. Ensures that the post-adoption assistance agreement and the non-recurring expense agreement, if applicable, are approved and signed; 
  8. Provides guidance to the family to assist with the finalization of the adoption after a period of adjustment.


  1. An exception may be made by the FSOS for foster parent adoption. 
  2. An exception may be made by the FSOS for foster parent adoption. The child is interviewed privately during each visit. More frequent visitation may be necessary (every two (2) weeks) when serious adjustment problems are occurring.
  3. Reports must be received within fifteen (15) days of the end of the monthly reporting period.