Thursday, November 11, 2010
Abandonment Process Step 4 -- Adoption Paperwork Prepared
When a child is given a valid resolution of adoptability, a whole series of events is set in motion. The child will be reevaluated by a team of professionals.
1. Doctor Visit: Blood tests checking for HIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis B are administered. There is a final report that will state the health status of the child and declare that they are free of communicable disease. Often, there will also be a dental evaluation if one has not already occurred.
2. Nutritional Evaluation: This report will provide information about the child's height and weight and offer statistics on the child's percentile on Colombian charts. Often, there will be information on the child's eating habits and food likes and dislikes.
3. Psychology and Social Work: A report on the life history and family background of the child is prepared. The report also includes information on the child's personality, talents, habits, behavior, attitudes, aptitudes, significant conduct issues, affective relationships and understanding of his/her abandonment process. There is also a report on the child's routines, including sleep habits. There are also recommendations made on what to do in order to help the child in the transition, and the psychologist and social worker make recommendations for the kind of adoptive home that would be most suitable for the child.
The report that is prepared is called the FICHA BIOPSICOSOCIAL (Biological, Psycological, Social report).
In addition to the report, a recent photograph of the child and a birth certificate are included. The process of preparing this report typically takes around 3 months.
Once prepared, this collection of documents is then sent from the local office to the regional zone center. A shortened report is also sent to the National Office. From this point, the adoption committee at the regional office will use the documents to match the child with a potential adoptive family.
The collected documents are what accompany every referral received by adoptive parents. Those of you that have received a referral will recognize this, those who are waiting will now know what to expect.