The adoption of a child by a single parent has shown a steady increase over the past decade.
There was too little information from that meeting to justify a newsletter, so instead, you are getting this email update. There had been a series of adoption work group meetings prior to this meeting where CCOFFA had not been a participant.
They had been working out quite a few of the details explaining the process of utilizing a RFA written report being used for adoption. CDSS shared a side-by-side chart see attachment showing how nearly everything required in adoption regulations is required in a RFA written report.
There are additional items that will be added to the chart before official distribution. The two obvious difference are that adoption requires at least 3 visits and 3 references while RFA requires a minimum of 2 visits and 2 references. The bulk of the meeting involved discussion and feedback regarding a draft ACL explaining the RFA to adoption process.
We will not share that draft at this time because it is so early in the process. The concern expressed by CCOFFA was that agencies are being required to do essentially an adoption quality written report without having the background and training to do so thoroughly.
Concerns were expressed about a lack of information about life-long connections, adoption disruptions, and addressing infertility issues. CDSS stated that their role is to set standards, but not to determine best practice. CDSS shared a graph see attachment that illustrated how under the old system, there was limited information collected regarding a family, so when adoption became a possibility, there was a rush to get all the additional needed information the orange line on the graph.
With RFA, far more information is gathered initially and additional information is gathered as the family continues as a resource family. There may be cases where a county or a non-adoption FFA contacts an adoption FFA about the necessary work to complete an adoption. If the RFA written report is missing information or has not addressed issues of concern thoroughly, the adoption FFA cannot change the written report nor change an approval to a denial.
This lead to a discussion of how the adoption FFA can gather the needed information and how that information can be documented and become part of the documentation for the resource family. It was suggested that the adoption FFA ask the FFA that originally produced the written report to gain the information desired so the original FFA can make any needed changes or additions to the written report they had created.
Likewise, the adoption FFA would produce an Adoption Comparability Report that can address adoption specific issues or items not otherwise addressed.
CDSS stated that they will likely create family evaluation trainings to help non-adoption FFAs create a more thorough written report.
No date has been set on that at this time. In the past, counties did adoptions basically as a favor to the State and had to do them according to the State mandates, including staffing and processes.
The adoption regulations will be updated. There will be at least one more Steps to Adoption meeting, likely within 2 months. There is an attachment to this newsletter, which was the hand-out at the meeting, and illustrates the changes CCL is beginning to create and implement.
The process will be applied to all agencies and organizations that CCL oversees and they will be starting with adult and senior care. The process and tools to support FFAs will be developed with the feedback and changes made as part of the adult and senior roll-out.
CCL knows that there are going to be capacity challenges and have no desire to close FFAs providing homes. CCL will be developing inspection tools, similar to the current CCL toolkits, so FFAs are fully informed of the expectations and will be able to self-assess their agencies to enhance compliance and limit the need for corrective actions.
As part of this process, CCL will be making the transparency website more user friendly and consistent throughout the state. To date, CCL has not had a tool for a comprehensive inspection and they are developing that tool now.
They want to work with FFAs to address issues and concerns before they become violations. There will be no new requirements in the inspection tool, but the focus will be on improving quality and pinpointing problems early on. They want a more holistic viewpoint regarding the inspection process. They will be piloting the inspection process with adults and seniors in the spring and the FFA inspection tools will be developed later in the year.
The guiding principles are the protection of children and youth, collaboration and transparency with stakeholders, maintaining a deliberate and research based process, and to preserve capacity to serve children and youth.
The inspection will be based on domains see page 3 of the Inspection Process Vision hand-out. The sample is for adult and senior care. Many, if not most, of the domains can be applied to children and youth in foster care, but further domains will need to be developed and CCL would like to get suggestions for domains from the FFAs.
Each domain will have specific questions for the LPA, but the LPA will only ask questions from domains that are an area of concern. There will be a total of five inspection tools: Each of the inspections will have specific domains, as well as tools for the use of the providers.
Page 2 of the hand-out has the 4 phases of the development the inspection process.Fact Sheet: Overview of Lesbian and Gay Parenting, Adoption, and Foster CareThe last decade has seen a sharp rise in the number of lesbians and gay men forming their own families through adoption, foster care, artificial insemination and other means.
Researchers estimate that the total number of children nationwide living with at least one gay parent ranges from six to 14 million. LGBT parenting refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people raising one or more children as parents or foster care parents.
This includes: children raised by same-sex couples (same-sex parenting), children raised by single LGBT parents, and children raised by an opposite-sex couple where at least one partner is LGBT.. LGBT people can become parents through various means including.
The word “approximately” is used to stress the fact that the statutes are constantly being revised and updated. This information is current as of. For a list of child adoption agencies visit the links Adoption Agencies: Domestic and Adoption Agencies: International.
Additional Help and Resources The reasons that single parents adopt, explanations for the increase in these adoptions, and other factors are discussed in the Child Welfare Information Gateway article entitled "Single Parent . Adoption agencies in Child Adoption Agencies, Laws, Types, Regulations, Financial and Medical Assistance Programs across the USA listed by state.
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