Welcome to www.family-match.org. The www.family-match.org website (the "Site") is comprised of various web pages operated by Adoption-Share www.family-match.org is offered to you conditioned on your acceptance without modification of the terms, conditions, and notices contained herein (the "Terms"). Your use of www.family-match.org constitutes your agreement to all such Terms. Please read these terms carefully, and keep a copy of them for your reference.
Family-Match, a program of Adoption-Share, a non-profit organization, provides a data driven application designed to help families who are home study approved to become visible to placement workers in their state and allows placement workers to identify child and family pairings that may have a good relational fit.
Visiting www.family-match.org or sending emails to Family-Match constitutes electronic communications. You consent to receive electronic communications and you agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically, via email and on the Site, satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing.
If you use this site, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password and for restricting access to your computer, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password. You may not assign or otherwise transfer your account to any other person or entity. You acknowledge that Family-Match is not responsible for third party access to your account that results from theft or misappropriation of your account. Family-Match and its associates reserve the right to refuse or cancel service, terminate accounts, or remove or edit content in our sole discretion.
To secure your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure, Family-Match uses the following:
When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other websites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol.
Family-Match is not intended for us by children under the age of 13. All use on behalf of children is done through licensed placement agencies who have custody of the child(ren) in need of a placement resource. If you are under the age of thirteen, you must ask your parent or guardian for permission to use this website. If you are a parent and you have questions regarding our data collection practices, please contact us using the information provided at the end of this Statement of Privacy.
Family-Match collects both personally identifiable information and non identifiable information. Personal identifiable information include your name, race, gender, address, email address, and phone number. Non identifiable information includes but is not limited to age, state of residence, needs, religion, family desired, personality, hobbies, and interests. We use this information for the following reason(s): to promote better matches and to conduct ongoing research on factors that contribute to successful placements.
To encourage the efficient evaluation of prospective resource families for placement considerations, families are encouraged to upload their home study. Family-Match sets its default settings to allow for placement workers in your state, with a registered Family-Match login to view and download the home study report. If you would like to change sharing settings, you may access account settings at any time.
If you do not have access to your home study- Family-Match has created a way for your licensing agent to upload your report to Family-Match. Once uploaded by an agent or agency on your behalf, you will not have access to view or download this report. Your report will be accessible only by placement workers with a registered login on Family-Match and who work in the state you reside. By participating on Family-Match you acknowledge your home study may be uploaded and shared with placement workers in your state who are using Family-Match to identify resource families for waiting children.
Family-Match enables all family profiles to be set on public. A public family profile creates a shareable link a family may use to communicate with workers not on Family-Match about their family. Public profiles can be accessed at the following url: family-match.org/find-a-family/
Please note- your personal contact information and home study are NOT accessible through the public link. The home study and contact information is only available for placement workers in your state who have a registered login to Family-Match.
By leaving your profile on public setting, you give Adoption-Share the right to feature your family in emails to placement workers and on social media to highlight your family to placement workers.
At any time, you may choose to switch your profile settings to private by going to your account settings and clicking private. Private profiles do not have shareable links and are not identifiable on the Families page of Family-Match.org
. Private profiles are only viewable by placement workers in your state who have a registered login to Family-Match.
You are invited to take part in a Family-Match Demonstration Pilot designed to match children in foster care on markers of compatibility with foster and adoptive families. Your participation will require approximately fifteen to twenty minutes and is completed online at your computer. There are no known risks or discomforts associated with this survey. Taking part in this study is completely voluntary. If you choose to be in the study you can withdraw at any time without adversely affecting your relationship with anyone at Adoption-Share. Your responses will be kept strictly confidential, and digital data will be stored in secure computer files. Any report of this research that is made available to the public will not include your name or any other individual information by which you could be identified.
If you have questions about the research at any time, please contact Thea Ramirez at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do not want to talk to the investigator or study staff, if you have concerns or complaints about the research, or to ask questions about your rights as a study subject you may contact IntegReview. IntegReview’s policy indicates that all concerns/complaints are to be submitted in writing for review at a convened IRB meeting to:
3001 S. Lamar Blvd., Suite 210
Austin, Texas 78704
If you are unable to provide your concerns/complaints in writing or if this is an emergency situation regarding subject safety, contact our office at: 512-326-3001 or toll free at 1-877-562-1589 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time
IntegReview has approved the information in this consent form and has given approval for the investigator to do the study. This does not mean IntegReview has approved you participating in the study. You must consider the information in this consent form for yourself and decide if you want to be in this study.
Clicking the acknowledgement box on the registration page of family-match.org indicates your acknowledgement of the informed consent and your desire to participate in the Family-Match Demonstration Pilot.
www.family-match.org may contain links to other websites ("Linked Sites"). The Linked Sites are not under the control of Family-Match and Family-Match is not responsible for the contents of any Linked Site, including without limitation any link contained in a Linked Site, or any changes or updates to a Linked Site. Family-Match is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Family-Match of the site or any association with its operators.
Certain services made available via www.family-match.org are delivered by third party sites and organizations. By using any product, service or functionality originating from the www.family-match.org domain, you hereby acknowledge and consent that Family-Match may share such information and data with any third party with whom Family-Match has a contractual relationship to provide the requested product, service or functionality on behalf of www.family-match.org users and customers.
All content included as part of the Service, such as text, graphics, logos, images, as well as the compilation thereof, and any software used on the Site, is the property of Family-Match or its suppliers and protected by copyright and other laws that protect intellectual property and proprietary rights. You agree to observe and abide by all copyright and other proprietary notices, legends or other restrictions contained in any such content and will not make any changes thereto.
You will not modify, publish, transmit, reverse engineer, participate in the transfer or sale, create derivative works, or in any way exploit any of the content, in whole or in part, found on the Site. Family-Match content is not for resale. Your use of the Site does not entitle you to make any unauthorized use of any protected content, and in particular you will not delete or alter any proprietary rights or attribution notices in any content. You will use protected content solely for your personal use, and will make no other use of the content without the express written permission of Family-Match and the copyright owner. You agree that you do not acquire any ownership rights in any protected content. We do not grant you any licenses, express or implied, to the intellectual property of Family-Match or our licensors except as expressly authorized by these Terms.
All items on this Site except for Submissions are copyrighted by Family-Match, its agents, employees, officers, subsidiaries, members, or affiliates. These copyrights include, but are not limited to, text, pictures, media, and graphics, including Family-Match badges; the design and layout of the Site; the selection, arrangement, and presentation of all materials; data compilations; and software. You are prohibited from copying, reproducing, distributing, republishing, modifying, uploading, posting, or transmitting any of these copyrighted materials without prior written permission of Family-Match. You also may not remove or alter, or cause to be removed or altered, any copyright, trademark, trade name, service mark, or any other proprietary notice appearing on any of Family-Match copyrighted materials. Except as otherwise expressly provided for in these Terms of Service, your access and/or use of the Site does not transfer or convey to you any right or license in any of Family-Match’s intellectual property, whether by implication, estoppel, or any other legal or equitable theory.
In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), if you believe that your copyrighted work is being infringed on the Site, please notify Family-Match at email@example.com
. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires that all infringement claims must be in writing and must include the following information:
- A description of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed;
- A description of the infringing material and information reasonably sufficient to permit Family-Match to locate the material, including the location of the infringing material on the Site;
- Your contact information, including your name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address;
- A statement that you have a good faith belief that the use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
- A statement that you swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that you are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner; and
- A physical or electronic signature of the copyright owner or the person authorized to act on its behalf.
DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT COUNTER NOTIFICATION: If your material has been removed from the Site pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and you believe that it should be reinstated, you must file a counter notification with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Your counter notification must be in writing and must include the following information:
- Identification of the material that has been removed from the Site or to which access has been disabled, and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled;
- A statement that you swear, under penalty of perjury, that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled;
- Your contact information, including your name, mailing address, and telephone number; 4) A statement you consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the judicial district in which your mailing address is located (or the Federal District Court for Brunswick, Georgia if your mailing address is outside of the United States), and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification under subsection 7 U.S.C. § 512(c)(1)(C) or an agent of such person; and 5) Your physical or electronic signature. Please note that pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 512, you will need to designate a copyright agent to handle and receive the DMCA notices and counter notifications. This agent can be yourself, someone within your company, or an attorney. The agent’s name and contact information must be registered with the United States Copyright Office. The designation form can be downloaded online at http://www.copyright.gov/onlinesp/and http://www.copyright.gov/onlinesp/agent.pdf. The designation form also requires a $105.00 fee, payable to the Register of Copyrights. Once you have designated an agent, you must promptly remove any infringing material on your website if your designated agent is issued a proper DMCA notice by a copyright owner or a person authorized to act on the owner’s behalf. A proper DMCA notice includes #1 through #6 above from the "Notice" section. After complying with a proper DMCA notice, you must then notify the third-party poster that the posted material has been removed. The third-party poster then has the option to provide your designated agent with a counter notification, which must include everything listed in #1 through #5 above from the "Counter Notification" section. If a proper counter notification is received by your designated agent, you must send a copy of that counter notification to the person that provided the original DMCA notice and also inform that person that you will replace the removed material or cease disabling access to it in 10 business days if you choose to reinstate the material.
The Site may contain bulletin board services, chat areas, news groups, forums, communities, personal web pages, calendars, and/or other message or communication facilities designed to enable you to communicate with the public at large or with a group (collectively, "Communication Services"), you agree to use the Communication Services only to post, send and receive messages and material that are proper and related to the particular Communication Service.
By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that when using a Communication Service, you will not: defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others; publish, post, upload, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, name, material or information; upload files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy of publicity) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consents; upload files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another's computer; advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business purpose, unless such Communication Service specifically allows such messages; conduct or forward surveys, contests, pyramid schemes or chain letters; download any file posted by another user of a Communication Service that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner; falsify or delete any author attributions, legal or other proper notices or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded, restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Communication Services; violate any code of conduct or other guidelines which may be applicable for any particular Communication Service; harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including e-mail addresses, without their consent; violate any applicable laws or regulations.
Family-Match has no obligation to monitor the Communication Services. However, Family-Match reserves the right to review materials posted to a Communication Service and to remove any materials in its sole discretion. Family-Match reserves the right to terminate your access to any or all of the Communication Services at any time without notice for any reason whatsoever.
Family-Match reserves the right at all times to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, or to edit, refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, in Family-Match's sole discretion.
Always use caution when giving out any personally identifying information about yourself or your children in any Communication Service. Family-Match does not control or endorse the content, messages or information found in any Communication Service and, therefore, Family-Match specifically disclaims any liability with regard to the Communication Services and any actions resulting from your participation in any Communication Service. Managers and hosts are not authorized Family-Match spokespersons, and their views do not necessarily reflect those of Family-Match.
Materials uploaded to a Communication Service may be subject to posted limitations on usage, reproduction and/or dissemination. You are responsible for adhering to such limitations if you upload the materials.
Family-Match does not claim ownership of the materials you provide to www.family-match.org (including feedback and suggestions) or post, upload, input or submit to any Family-Match Site or our associated services (collectively "Submissions"). However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your Submission you are granting Family-Match, our affiliated companies and necessary sublicensees permission to use your Submission in connection with the operation of their Internet businesses including, without limitation, the rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate and reformat your Submission; and to publish your name in connection with your Submission.
No compensation will be paid with respect to the use of your Submission, as provided herein. Family-Match is under no obligation to post or use any Submission you may provide and may remove any Submission at any time in Family-Match's sole discretion.
By posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your Submission you warrant and represent that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to your Submission as described in this section including, without limitation, all the rights necessary for you to provide, post, upload, input or submit the Submissions.
The Service is controlled, operated and administered by Family-Match from our offices within the USA. If you access the Service from a location outside the USA, you are responsible for compliance with all local laws. You agree that you will not use the Family-Match Content accessed through www.family-match.org in any country or in any manner prohibited by any applicable laws, restrictions or regulations.
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Family-Match, its officers, directors, employees, agents and third parties, for any losses, costs, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable attorney's fees) relating to or arising out of your use of or inability to use the Site or services, any user postings made by you, your violation of any terms of this Agreement or your violation of any rights of a third party, or your violation of any applicable laws, rules or regulations. Family-Match reserves the right, at its own cost, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will fully cooperate with Family-Match in asserting any available defenses.
In the event the parties are not able to resolve any dispute between them arising out of or concerning these Terms and Conditions, or any provisions hereof, whether in contract, tort, or otherwise at law or in equity for damages or any other relief, then such dispute shall be resolved only by final and binding arbitration pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act, conducted by a single neutral arbitrator and administered by the American Arbitration Association, or a similar arbitration service selected by the parties, in a location mutually agreed upon by the parties. The arbitrators award shall be final, and judgment may be entered upon it in any court having jurisdiction. In the event that any legal or equitable action, proceeding or arbitration arises out of or concerns these Terms and Conditions, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its costs and reasonable attorney's fees. The parties agree to arbitrate all disputes and claims in regards to these Terms and Conditions or any disputes arising as a result of these Terms and Conditions, whether directly or indirectly, including Tort claims that are a result of these Terms and Conditions. The parties agree that the Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this provision. The entire dispute, including the scope and enforceability of this arbitration provision shall be determined by the Arbitrator. This arbitration provision shall survive the termination of these Terms and Conditions.
Any arbitration under these Terms and Conditions will take place on an individual basis; class arbitrations and class/representative/collective actions are not permitted. THE PARTIES AGREE THAT A PARTY MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN EACH'S INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PUTATIVE CLASS, COLLECTIVE AND/ OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING, SUCH AS IN THE FORM OF A PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL ACTION AGAINST THE OTHER. Further, unless both you and Employer agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person's claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding.
THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES INCLUDED IN OR AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITE MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION HEREIN. FAMILY-MATCH AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES IN THE SITE AT ANY TIME.
FAMILY-MATCH AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, TIMELINESS, AND ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS CONTAINED ON THE SITE FOR ANY PURPOSE. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ALL SUCH INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND. FAMILY-MATCH AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO THIS INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
Family-Match reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate your access to the Site and the related services or any portion thereof at any time, without notice. To the maximum extent permitted by law, this agreement is governed by the laws of the State of Georgia and you hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of courts in Glynn County, Georgia in all disputes arising out of or relating to the use of the Site. Use of the Site is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of these Terms, including, without limitation, this section.
You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and Family-Match as a result of this agreement or use of the Site. Family-Match's performance of this agreement is subject to existing laws and legal process, and nothing contained in this agreement is in derogation of Family-Match's right to comply with governmental, court and law enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of the Site or information provided to or gathered by Family-Match with respect to such use. If any part of this agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law including, but not limited to, the warranty disclaimers and liability limitations set forth above, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of the agreement shall continue in effect.
Unless otherwise specified herein, this agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the user and Family-Match with respect to the Site and it supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral or written, between the user and Family-Match with respect to the Site. A printed version of this agreement and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this agreement to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form. It is the express wish to the parties that this agreement and all related documents be written in English.
Family-Match reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to change the Terms under which www.family-match.org is offered. The most current version of the Terms will supersede all previous versions. Family-Match encourages you to periodically review the Terms to stay informed of our updates.
Family-Match welcomes your questions or comments regarding the Terms:
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