In regard to principles and practices that look after the best interest of the child, Utah Adoption Code includes that:
- It is the intent and desire of the Legislature that in every adoption the best interest of the child should govern and be of foremost concern in the court’s determination.
- The court shall make a specific finding regarding the best interest of the child, taking into consideration information provided to the court pursuant to the requirements of this chapter relating to the health, safety, and welfare of the child and the moral climate of the potential adoptive placement.
At Heart to Heart, it has been our experience that the most beneficial family structure, when a child in the custody of the division is placed for adoption, is when the division or child-placing agency places the child with a man and a woman who are married to each other.
Some laws to consider relate to ICPC (Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children). LINK + explanation
Birth mom relinquishment: There are laws governing when a birth mom can relinquish her parental rights and whether that relinquishment can be revoked.
Drop down menu of policies and procedures. Maybe state rules and regulations?