Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

13.55 Court Report for Independent Adoption

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection and Permanency
Standards of Practice Online Manual
Chapter:
Chapter 13-Adoption Services
Effective:
12/3/2010
Section:
13.55 Court Report for Independent Adoption
Version:
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Legal Authority/Introduction

LEGAL AUTHORITY:

Procedure

The SSW:

  1. Prepares a report to the court within ninety (90) days of the date the petition was filed with the Circuit court of jurisdiction when the adoptive petition is filed and a copy has been forwarded to the SSW by central office staff;
  2. Prepares the court report for independent adoptions using the Court Report Outline;
  3. Attaches copies of pages four (4) and six (6) of the DPP-191 Information to be Obtained from the Placing Parent and the original DPP-192 Biological Parent Consent Form on each biological parent, forwards the original and one (1) copy to the FSOS and retains a copy for the local file;
  4. Prepares a cover letter in quadruplicate addressed to the Circuit judge, postdated five (5) working days, for the appropriate supervisor’s signature; 1
  5. Provides the FSOS with the name and address of the petitioners’ attorney.

The FSOS:

  1. Reviews the report and makes the following distribution:
    1. Original cover letter and court report to the appropriate circuit judge;
    2. One (1) signed copy of the cover letter to the SSW;
    3. One (1) signed copy of cover letter and court report to central office staff; and
    4. One (1) signed copy of the cover letter to the attorney for the petitioner.

Practice Guidance

  • An additional contact is made with the adoptive family to observe the adjustment of the child and family and to obtain updated information on costs that have been incurred and are being incurred in this independent adoption.
 

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