Adoption is a specialized field of social work, and all private social workers involved with adoptions must be accredited.
- Ensures that adoption workers meet certain standards in terms of training, experience and competence.
- Protects the interests of clients and the public.
- Monitors that standards of service delivery are maintained by member accredited adoption workers.
The SA Council for Social Service Professions recognizes SAASWIPP as the body accepting the responsibility for accrediting social workers in private practice to do adoption work.