Adoption Social Worker

An Adoption Social Worker’s duties include:

  • Provision of counseling services to waiting parents, adoptive parents and birth
    parents
  • Conduct of adoptive parent information sessions
  • Conduct of home studies
  • Conduct of stepparent and relative screenings
  • Provision of service referrals, when appropriate
  • Facilitation of AOW-sponsored support groups and activities for birth, waiting and
    adoptive parents
  • Case management
  • Careful maintenance of client files and case notes
  • Preparation of court reports
  • Attendance at court hearings
  • Provision of post-placement services
  • Being accessible to inquiries and calls from birth and adoptive parents
  • Promptly (within 24 hours) returning messages, calls and emails
  • Accurate time-keeping and billing
  • Participation in marketing and outreach
  • Maintaining a high level of knowledge and understanding of Wisconsin law
    (statutes and administrative code) pertaining to private adoption practice
  • Assistance with maintaining licensing of the agency and participating in state
    agency audits
  • Maintenance of appropriate individual licensure, including compliance with all
    statutory and regulatory requirements, including mandated reporting requirements.
  • Providing services to clients
  • Other duties as assigned

WHO WE ARE:

Adoptions of Wisconsin (AOW) is licensed by the state of Wisconsin and staffed with caring,
certified social workers. AOW is committed to providing high quality adoption services to
children, expectant birth parents, and adoptive parents, with the best interest of the child as our
top priority. We offer a comprehensive range of adoption services, including: adoptive parent
and expectant birth parent counseling, agency, interstate, relative, stepparent and special needs
adoptions.

OUR PROGRAMS INCLUDE:

Agency Adoption

AOW works with a maximum of thirty-five families hoping to adopt through our Agency Outreach
Program. The Agency Outreach Program includes an inactive list of ten families and an active list
of twenty-five families. Limiting our program size allows us to provide personalized service to all
our clients and expectant birth families. While on the inactive list you should complete your
Preadoption Preparation Training, have your home study conducted and compile your Adoptive
Parent Profile, all of which are necessary to join our active list.

On the Active List AOW will provide the following services for a flat fee:

  • Adoptive parent counseling and services
  • Expectant birth parent outreach and crisis counseling
  • Ongoing expectant birth parent counseling and services
  • Introduction to expectant birth parents
  • Coordination of contact and communication with expectant birth parent
  • Hospital planning, ongoing contact planning, discharge planning
  • Preparation of court reports and supporting documents
  • Post Placement supervision, reports to the court
  • Guardianship prior to finalization

Home study fees are separate and additional.

Independent Adoption

An independent adoption is one arranged directly between expectant birth parents and adoptive
parents. This is not uncommon, and can occur through introductions by friends, relatives, or through
other personal networking. In Wisconsin, an adoption agency is required to offer counseling for
expectant birth parents, and to perform a home study of the adoptive parents. In an independent
adoption, AOW can provide the following services:

  • Home study
  • Expectant birth Parent counseling and services
  • Adoptive Parent counseling and services
  • Guardianship prior to finalization
  • Post placement services
  • Finalization report

Home study fees are separate and additional.

Interstate Adoption

An interstate adoption is just what it says: an adoption where the expectant birth parents and
adoptive parents live in different states. Adoptive parents are often willing to broaden their
geographic scope when looking for a child to adopt. The Interstate Compact on the Placement of
Children governs all interstate adoptions. In an interstate adoption, AOW can provide the
following services:

  • Home study
  • Adoptive parent counseling and services
  • Expectant birth parent counseling and services
  • Post placement services
  • Preparation of ICPC materials
  • Guardianship
  • Finalization report

Please request a home study packet and Interstate fee agreement for further information.

Stepparent and Relative Home Study

In the case of a stepparent or relative adoption, AOW can provide the required screening and
court report.

**Note that this is not a comprehensive list of services.
**Fees for travel time and mileage and background check charges are separate and additional

Two-Parent Screening

AOW can provide the required screening and court report, which is intended for use in a stepparent adoption.

**Fees for travel time and mileage and background check charges are separate and additional

 

Adoptions of Wisconsin, Inc.

450 S Yellowstone Dr.

Madison, WI  53719

ph: 608.821.8220

fax: 608.501.1152

www.adoptionsofwisconsin.com