Bill of Rights

VILLA HOPE appreciates the opportunity to work with you during your adoption process! We want to help you become a “forever family” and bring home your child! We have adapted the following list of client rights and adoptive child rights. Please reflect on these rights, which will allow us to reach mutually agreed upon goals.

Adoptive parents (clients) have the right:

To receive adoption services in a timely manner.

To be treated with dignity, respect, and courtesy by our staff.

To work together toward mutually agreed upon goals.

To privacy and confidentiality. Information released by the agency will be with your permission and for the sole purpose of achieving the goal of adopting a child.

To address any grievances you may have regarding the services provided.

To terminate service at any time.

To receive a copy of the adoption home study upon completion. To have access to documents in your file, upon request.

To refuse participation in clinical studies and/or research.

An Adopted Child Bill of Rights

Every child is entitled to love and full membership in her family.

Every child is entitled to have his culture embraced and valued.

Every child is entitled to parents who know this is a race-conscious society.

Every child is entitled to parents who know she will experience life differently than they do.

Every child id entitled to parents who are not adopting to “save” him or improve the world.

Every child is entitled to parents who know that being a family does not depend on matching.

Every child is entitled to parents who have meaningful relationships with people of other races.

Every child is entitled to parents who know that trans-racial or international adoption changes the family forever.

Every child is entitled to be accepted by extended family members.

Every child is entitled to parents who know that if they are white, they benefit from racism.

Every child is entitled to parents who know they can’t transmit the child’s birth culture if it is not their own.

Every child is entitled to have items in his home that are made for and by the people of his culture.

Every child is entitled to opportunities to make friends with people of her race or ethnicity.

Every child is entitled to daily opportunities to have positive experiences with his birth culture.

Every child is entitled to build racial pride within her own home, family, school, and neighborhood.

Every child is entitled to have constant opportunities to connect with adults of the child’s race.

Every child is entitled to learn survival, problem solving, and coping skills in a context of racial pride.

Every child is entitled to parents who accept, understand, and empathize with her race and culture.

Every child is entitled to take pride in the development of a dual identity and a multicultural/multiracial perspective on life.

Every child is entitled to find his multiculturalism to be an asset and to conclude. “I’ve got the best of both worlds.”

Adapted by Lisa Steinburg Triggs from “A Bill of Rights for Mixed Folks,” by Marilyn DramÈ.
Reprinted with permission of Pact, An Adoption Alliance.

*** VILLA HOPE will be glad to provide the information in this packet in another language, upon request.