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Post Adoption Services


Location
South Dakota
Publication Date
07/27/2020 08:11 AM EDT
Closing Date
08/08/2020 06:00 PM EDT
Issuing Organization
State of South Dakota- Department of Social Services (DSS)
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Description

Specifications include, but are not limited to: The Department of Social Services vision is Strong Families – South Dakota’s Foundation and Our Future. The purpose of the Division of Child Protection Services is to assure children’s safety, permanency and well-being. The goal of Child Protection Services is to maintain children’s safety in their homes and when not possible, children may need either a temporary or permanent alternative family setting. When parental rights are terminated, one of the permanency options available for children is adoption. Adoption is defined as the process in which children who will not be raised by their birth parents become permanent legal members of an adoptive family. The Department of Social Services must ensure families who make a permanent commitment to a child in the custody of the Department of Social Services through adoption have supports and services to meet the ongoing needs of the child to ensure a successful adoption. Families, who have adopted through private agencies, independent and international adoptions, and other states, may also need supports and services to ensure a successful adoption. The offeror selected for this contract must demonstrate adoption competencies in the services they provide to both children and adoptive families. Post adoption services must include therapy and support services to meet the specific needs of adopted children and their families. Service options should include assessment services such as psychiatric evaluation and consultation, psychological evaluations, and social assessments. Therapy options must include individual, family, multifamily and group therapy depending on the needs of each situation. Other support services such as educational opportunities, parenting classes, support groups, and travel reimbursement for families to access specialized services and specialized respite care must also be explored to meet the particular needs of adopted children and their families.

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