Adoption Service [Foreign Relations] Law and Legal Definition

Pursuant to 22 CFR 96.2 [Title 22 Foreign Relations; Chapter I Department of State Subchapter J Legal and Related Services; Part 96 Accreditation of Agencies and Approval of Persons under the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); Subpart A General Provisions], Adoption Service means “any one of the following six services:

(1) Identifying a child for adoption and arranging an adoption;

(2) Securing the necessary consent to termination of parental rights and to adoption;

(3) Performing a background study on a child or a home study on a prospective adoptive parent(s), and reporting on such a study;

(4) Making non-judicial determinations of the best interests of a child and the appropriateness of an adoptive placement for the child;

(5) Monitoring a case after a child has been placed with prospective adoptive parent(s) until final adoption; or

(6) When necessary because of a disruption before final adoption, assuming custody and providing (including facilitating the provision of) child care or any other social service pending an alternative placement.”