Ethical Adoption Photolistings

At Precious.org we have strict guidelines about our Waiting Child Photolistings. The purpose for these guidelines is to ensure that the precious children who are listed on our site are not being exploited or marketed. These are children, not a product. Photolistings provide a way for adoption agencies and facilitators to post the pictures of children that are waiting for a family through adoption. Ultimately, this can reduce the amount of time that it takes for a child to be united with a family which is a very good thing! To protect the children who are posted on our site and the prospective parents who use our site to find their child we have created the following ethical guidelines.

The Waiting Child Photolisting Ethical Guidelines:

  • All adoption agencies and adoption facilitators must be working towards accreditation under the Hague Convention on International Adoption as required by the Central Adoption Authority in the United States.

  • All adoption agencies and adoption facilitators must be working towards accreditation under the Hague Convention on International Adoption as required by the Central Adoption Authority in the United States.

  • Only children who are legally available for adoption may be posted on Precious.org through our photolisting, text listing, or email listing.

  • Children for whom an adoption agreement has been signed must be removed from the photolisting within two weeks. Children who are not currently available for adoption may not be listed as a way to attract prospective parents. Agencies who are posting children that are not currently available for adoption will be removed as a partner agency.

  • Adoption agency's may not post any information about the children besides the child's age, sex, homeland, and siblings grouping. An agency/facilitator may signify that the child has a special need, but may not specify what that need is on the internet. This is to protect the privacy of the children. When a prospective parent contacts the agency/facilitator it is at this time that a dialog based on a continuum of information occurs. Prior to prospective parents agreeing to adopt a child they must have been given full disclosure about the social, medical, and emotional history and needs of the child.

  • Adoption agencies/facilitators may not under any circumstance post the sonogram picture of an unborn child.

  • Children may only be posted from countries in which internet photolisting is allowed. We believe that it is important for good international adoption relationships between countries to remain. Each country's guidelines must be respected. Agencies/facilitators may take advantage of the text and email listings that are offered for countries that do not allow internet photolistings.

  • Adoption agencies/facilitators must respond to the prospective parent inquires in a reasonable time frame. The time and hopes of the prospective parent must be respected. The Waiting Child Photolisting may not be used simply as an advertising tool for agencies. Agencies interested in advertising may contact us about our Ad packages.

    It is vital that agencies and facilitators use integrity and best practice in the posting of pictures and information of children on Precious.org. Adoption photolistings are an excellent tool for connecting parent and child in the creation of a family. Although there is financial commitment involved and paperwork, ultimately adoption is a matter of the heart of a child and the heart of a family. This is to be held with utmost respect and treated with dignity and honor.



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