What is a post placement visit?
Each adoptive family will have a minimum of 2 post adoption visits, otherwise known as post adoption reports or post placement visits. Post adoption visits evaluate how the child is doing in the home and if bonding is occurring between parents, child and siblings. Points that will be evaluated include adjustments made to the home/marriage, the child’s schedule including eating and sleeping patterns, child care arrangements, developmental achievements, and health concerns for the child. The social worker will assess the of the placement of the child and make recommendations for the child or home. The social worker will also recommend if this appears to be a successful placement and if the child is safe and well cared for in the home.
Adoption finalizations very by state. If a child is born in the state of Pennsylvania, then the finalization of the adoption occurs in 11-15 months after the child is born. In Pennsylvania post placement visits typically occur prior to finalization of the adoption. However, post placement assessments can also occur after a child is legally adopted. This is quite common with international adoptions.
Why are post placement visits necessary?
Adoption is a lifetime commitment. Post placement visits are necessary to ensure the safety of the child. Adoption professionals are well aware of difficulties adopted children may be experiencing during the transition period. Adoption professionals can help navigate different behaviors a child or infant may be experiencing including grieving behaviors, attachment issues and assess bonding and attachment of child and parent(s) and/or sibling(s). Adoption professionals can make appropriate referrals for services if needed. They can also help the adoptive parent(s) navigate post adoption paperwork including applying for a social security number, adding and adopted child to health insurance, and preparing documents for adoption tax credit.