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05.29.2014

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Advocate Tip:  What To Expect When Your Case Moves To Adoption

What To Expect When Your Case Moves To Adoption

Advocating for a safe, permanent home for children in CPS care can often times lead to the child being adopted into their forever home. While this is can be an exciting time for the children and the families adopting them, it is also a time filled with changes. Understanding some of the different changes that can occur while an adoption is pending is important for Advocates who choose to remain on their case until the adoption is completed.

Changing Caseworkers

One of the first changes that occurs when a case is moving towards adoption is a change in caseworkers. Children who are eligible for adoption are transferred to an Adoption Prep unit where a new caseworker is assigned to monitor the child and family while the adoption is pending. The Adoption Prep caseworker is similar to the TMC caseworker in that they will continue to visit the children monthly and report to the judge on how the children are doing in their placements and what the status is of the pending adoption. In addition to the Adoption Prep caseworker, the adoptive family will also be assigned to either a PUSH or SWIFT worker. PUSH workers are assigned to relatives or fictive kinship placements who are adopting the children in their care. SWIFT workers are assigned to foster families who are adopting children placed in their home. PUSH and SWIFT workers are CPS caseworkers who are responsible for processing the paperwork necessary for an adoption to be completed (ex. updating home studies, completing subsidy paperwork with the family, etc).  

Legal Changes

Prior to the adoption of a child from CPS care, there is a mandatory 90 day waiting period required by law. This waiting period is in place to allow relatives of the children to come forward and request placement of the children in their care. This also allows parents time to file for an appeal of the termination of their parental rights. If there is no appeal filed and no other individuals step forward for the children, the adoption can move forward. Families that are interested in adopting children in their care will need to hire an attorney. This attorney is separate from the child’s ad litem and is responsible for completing all of the legal paperwork related to the adoption.

TARE

Children who are not placed in adoptive placements at the conclusion of the legal case are often registered on TARE (Texas Adoption Resource Exchange). TARE is a website designed to assist in matching prospective adoptive families with children who are eligible for adoption. The website provides prospective families with information and photos of children available for adoption in Texas. The site also provides caseworkers with an adoptive family’s preferences in children they would like to adopt. Prospective adoptive families registered on TARE can either be located in Texas or can be from anywhere in the United States.

  1. True or False. The TARE website lists all children eligible for adoption in the state of Texas.
  2. What is the purpose of the 90 day waiting period prior to an adoption?
  3. What is the difference between an Adoption Prep worker and a PUSH/SWIFT worker?

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