NOW THAT I HAVE CUSTODY OF MY CHILD FROM ETHIOPIA WHY IS SUPERVISION NECESSARY?

Many adoptive parents think this but few venture to ask in part because they have become accustomed to the many regulations they must follow.  It is a very good question and the answer recalls rumors of baby selling, trafficking in baby parts and anti-adoption sentiments in other parts of the world.  Thus to assure the courts and government of Ethiopia and America that the child was placed in a home meeting international standards, agreements for post placement supervision were instituted.

It is absolutely imperative these reports be filed on time and that all appointments scheduled with the social worker are conducted in a timely fashion.  I can personally attest that in at least 3 instances when reports were not filed promptly agencies were told lack of adherence to the agreement would result in the adoption program being shut down.  Under these circumstances it is important full responsibility be maintained for keeping all appointments.

There are also other reasons why post-placement supervision is essential for adoptive parents.  It provides the documentation to your state court that your family is recommended as the adoptive home of your child.  This is a particularly important step for those families who wish to adopt in America thereby insuring their child will be heir to all the rights and privileges of an American citizen.