Ethics in Adoption [Webpage].
The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC).
Information Packet or Sheet
Published: Constantly updated
North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
970 Raymond Avenue, Suite 106
St. Paul, MN 55114
This webpage explains every child or youth, birth family member, and adoptive family has the right to ethical adoption practice focused on the best interests of the child or youth. It then presents ethical principles that should guide all adoptions: all adoption decisions should be made based on the child’s or youth’s best interests over his or her entire life; adoptions should never result in undue profit; in cases of voluntary adoption, all parties to the adoption must respect the legal and moral rights of both birth mothers and birth fathers to consent to the adoption; before adoption is pursued, diligent efforts should be made to keep the child or youth with his or her birth family or community or country of origin; if developmentally appropriate, the child or youth to be adopted has a right to be consulted about the adoption; every agency should make every effort to find an adoptive family for all children/youth who do not have a permanent family resource; the child or youth has a right to maintain safe connections with important people and places from their past; the adopted child or youth has a right to information about his or her birth parents and history; every child or youth should be placed with a family who recognizes preservation of the child’s ethnic and cultural heritage as an inherent right; adoptive families have a right to complete, accurate, and written background information about the child or youth; there should be no exclusions of categories of adoptive parents based on age, status, race, or gender identity; each adoption agency or practitioner should maintain and follow a code of ethics; and agencies and independent practitioners must ensure that the child or youth to be adopted was not made available for adoption through unethical practices.
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