Glossary of Terms

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  • Affiliate Agency
    Licensed adoption agencies that contract with the SWAN prime contractor to provide permanency services.
  • Agency
    A 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 Records
    All information collected by an agency about a birth family, an adoptive family and an adoptee.
  • Authorization Form
    A 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 Representative
    An individual who is appointed to conduct a search and who has completed a standardized training program as required by DHS.