The Jersey Care Commission standards are statements which set clear expectations about how care services should be provided.
A service can only be considered an adoption service if it is provided either by the Minister in accordance with the Adoption Law, or by a service approved by the adoption society.
Standards for children and young people’s adoption have been written to:
Children and young people receive rights-based services and can make or be supported to make choices appropriate to their age and ability.
Children and young people’s diversity and individuality are promoted in their prospective adoptive placement.
Prospective adopters promote positive behaviour and relationships.
Children and young people are effectively safeguarded from neglect, abuse or harm. They feel safe and are safe during the adoption process.
Children and young people who are to become adopted are supported to access appropriate health, education, and leisure or play opportunities.
The homes of prospective adopters are safe and appropriate to meet the needs of children and young people.
Children and young people who are to become adopted are supported to maintain contact with parents, families, and others.
The service maintains appropriate protocols for children and young people who are missing from prospective adopter’s homes.
Intercountry adoptions – promoting and assessing prospective adopters.
Children and young people are matched and placed with prospective adopters who can meet their needs.
The adoption service has clear arrangements relating to the involvement of birth parents and birth families in the adoption process.
The service has a clear statement of purpose and set of policies which are accessible to everyone including children and young people who use the service.
The service is well managed, and the organisation effectively led.
Staff are safely recruited and are fully supported in their roles.
The service maintains comprehensive records relating to every child or young person whom the service supports.
Decisions taken regarding the recruitment, assessment and approval of prospective adopters are transparent and fair.
Allegations and suspicions of harm are handled appropriately.
Adoption Support for children, young people and adults.