Tuesday, July 15, 2008


I have been curious about the standards that the COA accredits adoption agencies. I began wondering also about the other two organizations, the JCICS and the NCFA. What are their standards for their member agencies as well?

What made me start thinking of this is of course the recent Russian adoptee death. I am also reading "Ethics in American Adoption" by L. Anne Babb. Two points have been brought up while reading this book. What is the clear definition of the client being served in adoption? There is none and that was one of the points that the author made. Another point was of course ethics and best practices in adoption. Conflict of interests in adoption is another one as well too. There is no clear definition in the practice of adoption with representation for both the natural parents and the adoptive parents.

We all need to understand what these organizations are really trying to do. They don't seek to protect us but themselves. I want to understand how they are able to get around the laws and the ethics.

First up is the COA.

1 comment:

AngelaW said...

Personally I wouldn't bother with JCICS or NCFA... if you are looking at enforceable standards. If an agency joins these organizations they promise to behave in a certain manner. But there aren't any penalties if they don't follow the code of contact.

In the United States there are two regulatory bodies that can make adoption agencies "behave". The first one is the state government that licensed them. And every state has different rules. The easiest state to become licensed is in PA. I know people who avoid PA adoption agencies for this very reason.

The second body is the COA which only governs agencies who sign up for Hague accreditation. There are many agencies that don't have to (because they are working in a country that doesn't require it).