Match Party Policy Analysis

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The Match Party Policy
Overview
A policy is defined as a “plan or course of action carried out through a law, rule, code, or other mechanism in the public or private sectors” (Bogenschneider, 2014, p. 57). The policy I will be discussing in this paper is one of the many policies of adoption. With that being said, I first want to talk about the overall policy of adoption. According to the Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes, the policy explains that the adoption must be in the best interest of the child or the person being adopted. Not only that, but it also states that we must meet the needs of the diverse population of Minnesota and those who are affected by the adoption (Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes, 2015). Furthermore,
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According to the National Adoption Center, this policy is when the child and the potential adoptive parents are able to meet face-to-face before the adoption takes place (National Adoption Center, n.d.). This interaction allows barriers to be broken down about any predetermined opinions that one may have when it comes to adopting a child from foster care. This policy allows the child to meet the potential adoptive parents, and it allows the adoptive parents to get to know the child. When having these face-to-face interactions, it is important to make sure that it takes place in a harmless environment. It must be in the best interest of the child who is being adopted, thus it is essential that this interaction is a safe and enjoyable experience for the child. In order for this contact to go smoothly, it is important to choose children who would be the most comfortable at the event. The age of the child, as well, as the amount of time the child has been in foster care are important factors when preparing to select the best fit child. Also, when matching a child with potential caregivers, it would be best if the interests of the child match those of the possible parents. This would make the experiences that much more effective and successful. According to the National Adoption Center, another thing to keep in mind when matching a child with a caregiver is it is important that there is a certain level of “preparation and education of families prior to and during the event” (National Adoption Center, n.d., p.1). Not only that, but also the social workers who are involved in the case must have some knowledge before the event takes place. Finally, advocates for the adoptive child, as well as the families, must follow up on the possible matches that took place during the experience. By doing this, it will make the most of the Match Party

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