A child leaves the adoptive home prior to the finalization of the adoption. This can occur in three situations: (1) the birth parents revoke their consent to the adoption; (2) the adoptive parents choose to return the child for reasons of their own; or (3) the agency disrupts the adoption if the adoptive parents are not complying with post placement requirements or are endangering the child in any way.
This is a term used to describe a failed placement. There are many reasons for a disruption. It can be that a child was placed in a resource home and really needed to be in a therapeutic center, which would be a case of an incorrect assessment of the child when the placement is made. It can happen because the child is hurting or threatening other children in the home. It can be because of a personal emergency within the resource parent family requiring them to stop providing foster care. We have prided ourselves for having a low disruption rate as the result of careful matching and strong supports and training for resource parents. The term disruption implies this is not a planned transition.
An adoption disrupts when the adoptive parents, the child, or a legal authority appointed in the child's behalf ends the adoption. An adoption may disrupt due to risk to the adopted child or the adoptive family and may occur before or after finalization.
Describes an adoption that ends before it is legally finalized, resulting in the child's legal custody reverting back to the agency or court that made the original placement and the child returning to foster care and/or to other adoptive parents.
there are two instances in which an adoption can be disrupted: For whatever reason an adoption has not become final, even though the adoptive parents were identified as the parents to adopt the child and the child may have even been placed in their home for a period of time. Any failed adoption attempt.
Disruption is the term most commonly used for ending an adoption. While technically an adoption is disrupted only when it is abandoned by the adopting parent or parents before it is legally completed (an adoption that is reversed after that point is instead referred to in the law as having been dissolved), in practice the term is used for all adoptions that are ended (more recently, among families disrupting, the euphemism "re-homing" has become current). It is usually initiated by the parents via a court petition, much like a divorce, to which it is analogous.