Know Your Rights and Responsibilities As an Adoptive Parent
Before you welcome your adoptive child into your family, you will spend time and energy working with WACAP staff throughout the adoption process. To make this working relationship the best it can be, it is important that you know your rights and responsibilities as an adoptive parent.
"We began with you in 1999 and brought our children home in November of that year. They are healthy, growing, active children whom we love very much. Our experience with WACAP was excellent and supportive." - Chris
WACAP Bill of Rights and Responsibilities:
The following outlines the rights you enjoy as a prospective adoptive parent applicant to WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents.) Please take note of your responsibilities throughout the adoption process, and following finalization. We look forward to working collaboratively to forever alter the life of a child who waits for a family.
The Right to Services
The right to apply for WACAP services without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, citizenship, or age as allowable under state, federal and international laws and regulations.
The Right to be Informed
The right to have all guidelines, policies, procedures, requirements and expectations provided to you in written, understandable language, including required fees and expenses for adoption.
The Right to Choose
The right to select the WACAP program of your choice and to indicate your preferences for gender, age and heritage of the child that would be most suitable for your family in accordance with the requirements and criteria of those who have custody of the children.
The Right to be Heard
The right to have a voice in major decisions that affect you, and to be informed about and participate in all decisions concerning your family throughout the adoption process.
The Right to Professional Courtesy
The right to be treated with dignity, honesty, and fairness; and to receive prompt and personal attention by WACAP professionals who strive to provide you with the best in service.
The Right to Appeal
The right to submit an appeal to the agency when dissatisfied with agency decisions or to submit a grievance if dissatisfied with agency services.
Prospective Adoptive Parents have the following responsibilities, both during and after the adoption process.
The Responsibility to be Informed
The responsibility to read all documents, to understand the process of adoption, policies and expectations and risks of adoption, and to seek answers for remaining questions from your WACAP professional.
The Responsibility to Help Control Misunderstandings
The responsibility to minimize risk through asking questions and clarifying misunderstandings throughout the process.
The Responsibility to Respect the Child’s Heritage
The responsibility to respect the dignity of the child, the child’s race and ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and cultural heritage. You also have the responsibility to assist a child to maintain a connection to their birth family.
The Responsibility to Obtain the Best Possible Information
The responsibility to research and use appropriate medical and legal professionals or consultants in making your decision to accept a child for adoption.
The Responsibility to Know That You are Making a Difference
The responsibility to recognize that your actions impact current and future services, which assist children in the U.S. and around the world, beyond your own child’s adoption.
The Responsibility to Commitment
The responsibility to know that when accepting placement of a child in foster care, you are committing to that child for as long as they need you and that, if adoption is legally ruled out, you will be instrumental in helping a child successfully transition from your home to reunification or subsequent placement. When adopting a child, you are committing to that child for a lifetime.