An immediate Social Work referral should be made when a mother considers or intends to place her baby for adoption. All mothers, whether their child is being placed for adoption or is temporarily going to a foster home, have the right to visit their baby. The motherís wishes for the infant should be followed by the staff. She can choose who may visit and receive information about the infant. Adoptive parents may visit with birth parents if there is mutual consent. Unless court approved adoption papers or relinquishment papers have been signed and are present in the chart, the biological motherís consent is required for surgical interventions and procedures.
Any child who is to be placed for adoption may be discharged only to a duly authorized person, upon presentation of such authorization from a court of competent jurisdiction. Unless court approved legal papers are present in the chart, the baby must be discharged to the natural mother and be accompanied by the natural mother out of the hospital. When such an infant is transferred to another hospital and the court approved adoption papers or relinquishment papers have been signed by the mother, a copy of the form must be included in the papers going with the baby.
No member of the nursery staff who is not a member of a licensed adoption agency should act as a go-between for the purpose of placing children for adoption.