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STATEMENT OF BIRTH PARENT RIGHTS

The primary purpose of every adoption agency is to assure a permanent family for each child and to promote the optimal growth and individual development of all persons receiving its services.  In keeping with this goal, we have developed this Statement of Birth Parent Rights.

  1. You have a right to receive professional and competent assistance and to be treated with dignity.

  2. You have a right not to be coerced by any person into relinquishing a child for adoption.

  3. You have a right to a full intake evaluation by a qualified professional to gather important information about you and to determine your strengths, resources and needs.

  4. You have a right to participate in the development of a service plan designed to meet your needs and those of your child. You have a right to receive a copy of this plan.

  5. You have a right to written information about alternatives to adoption.

  6. You have a right to information regarding the legal result of adoption surrender and involuntary termination of parental rights.

  7. You have a right to information regarding the agency’s criteria for selecting adoptive parents.

  8. If you have chosen adoption for your child you have a right to information regarding the chosen family’s capacity to meet your child’s needs, their interests, talents and lifestyles.

  9. You have a right to request that your child be raised/or not raised in a particular religion.

  10. You have a right to update information in your agency record at any time.

  11. You have a right to information regarding present laws governing adopted children’s rights to obtain information about their birth parents.

  12. You have a right to information regarding the process adopted children sometimes use to find birth parents.

  13. You have a right to factual information regarding an adoption service provided by this agency.

  14. You have a right to counseling regarding adoption issues.

  15. You have a right to assistance in joining or developing support groups for people involved in adoption.

  16. You have a right to general information regarding current adoption issues, practices and laws.

  17. You have a right to receive copies of all documents that you may be requested to sign.

  18. You have a right to consult with an independent attorney of your choice. The agency can help you find a lawyer if you need or request one.

 


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