- Affiliate AgencyLicensed adoption agencies that contract with the SWAN prime contractor to provide permanency services.
- AgencyA public or private entity, including a county agency that is licensed, supervised or regulated by the Division of Human Services and provides adoption services.
- Agency RecordsAll information collected by an agency about a birth family, an adoptive family and an adoptee.
- Authorization FormA form provided by DHS on which an adoptee, an adoptive parent or a birth relative can authorize or prohibit the release of identifying information.
- Authorized RepresentativeAn individual who is appointed to conduct a search and who has completed a standardized training program as required by DHS.