DCF: 48-12-4

 Policy Manual
Assessment Of Child

Adoption Readiness Consultation

Consultation Upon completion of the assessment, the adoption specialist shall consult (adoption readiness consultation) with the supervisor and members of the Regional Resource Group, ARE staff, community consultants, or the Permanency Planning Team, as appropriate, to assess the child's readiness for adoption and determine whether it is in the child's best interest to be adopted.
Documentation The results of the adoption readiness consultation shall be documented in the Uniform Case Record on the Adoption Readiness Case Consultation (DCF-2040).
Foster Parent Approval process The foster parents would be considered an appropriate adoptive placement once approved by the Permanency Planning Team. The Agreement For Placement Before Adoption (DCF-421) (signed by parents) and the Certification of Special Needs Status (DCF-416) should be completed within thirty (30) days of the Team's decision.
No Foster Parent Adoption If it is determined that it is not in the best interest of the child to be adopted by the foster parent(s), they shall be notified verbally and in writing within five (5) days of such determination and advised of their right to a Fair Hearing in accordance with Connecticut law and regulation.
Early Meeting, if Approved If there is a determination that it is in the child's best interest to be adopted by the foster parent(s), the child's adoption specialist shall meet with the foster parent as early in the process as possible but no later than five (5) working days from the completion of the assessment to discuss/explain, in detail, the necessary requirements.

The adoption specialist and the FTSU worker will work together to update the foster home for adoption licensing (to be completed within two months).

Decision Within Ninety (90) Days If the foster parents are not sure whether or not they wish to adopt the child, they must be informed at the time, that a decision must be made within ninety (90) days after an Order of Termination of Parental Rights is secured.

Note: The Uniform Case Record must be documented to indicate that this information was communicated to the foster parents.

The foster parents' decision shall be recorded in the Uniform Case Record as soon as it is obtained. Please use the Adoption Information Checklist For Foster Parent Adoption (DCF-2041).

Connecticut Department of Children and Families Issued: March 1, 1994

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