Monday, September 11, 2006

Post-Placement Visits & Reports - A Social Worker's Perspective

Once you are back home and reveling in the excitement of having the child you waited so long for finally in your arms, we know that the last thing you want to think about is…more requirements! However, your post-placement requirements are incredibly easy to comply with and a great chance to show off your new child to your social worker. The visits, which are required at 6 and 12 months after placement, are a wonderful chance for you to sit down with a social worker and share all there is to know about your new baby (see, that’s not too bad!). It is also a great opportunity for you to ask your social worker any questions you may have as you adjust to having your child in the home. Post-placement visits are some of our favorites to do and we love seeing the happy families that we have helped to create.

Working with Gladney to complete your reports in a timely manner is essential towards maintaining our excellent standing with the China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCAA) and ensuring that our China program is here for families in the years to come. Your post-placement reports are a sign of your commitment to China and to meeting their adoption requirements even after placement. CCAA takes these reports very seriously and keeps track of each family that has adopted and monitors if their reports are submitted. It is important to them to see how the children they have placed for adoption are doing in their new homes and feel confident that they are in a safe and loving environment. These reports will also be part of your child’s permanent record in China.

By Andrea Yonai, LMSW,
Coordinator of Social Work, Gladney's New York Office

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