Ethics and Family Recruitment.
Freundlich, Madelyn. Gerstenzang, Sarah.
Published: September 2014 modified
Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York
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This paper explores the ethics involved in photolisting a child to promote his or her adoption. It reviews the goals of photolisting and other child-specific recruitment strategies and the challenges social workers face when prospective parents request a specific child and then are disillusioned. Social workers are urged to see information sharing as a continuum that begins with an initial introduction with limited information and continues through full disclosure of all obtainable materials before the final decision to adopt. Guidelines are discussed for developing recruitment materials that introduce the child in a manner that conveys her uniqueness without divulging personal facts that could subject her to shame or ridicule. Social workers are also urged to make prompt courteous responses to prospective adoption families, empower prospective parents by encouraging them to select a child for themselves, and provide prospective parents with questions they may want to ask about the children they are considering.
adoption; adoptive parents; ethics; photo listings; adoption awareness; recruitment