A Search consultant realizes that he/she has moral
obligations to the client, to the profession, and to society as well.
His/her honesty must be above suspicion, his/her skill and reasoning
ability well developed, and his/her competency of the highest degree.
Understanding all of this, I make the following commitments:
To the Client—
I will use
all resources available to me to acquire information beneficial to the
I will obtain from
the client all information so far assembled, so as to avoid
I will keep
accurate and complete records of the client's
I will not promise
success on any level, but will enter into and carry on the search with
every expectation of
I will consider
each client's case
I will not
make any personal contacts other than at the client's specific request and
with his permission.
be discreet and will advise the client to use discretion in his
I will remember that
the search is the client's.
To the Profession–
not knowingly act in a manner detrimental to the best interests of the
I will not
undertake or advise any illegal
I will unhesitatingly
refer my client to another consultant or other professional when I can no
longer be of help to him.
will not injure the professional reputation, prospects or practice of
another search consultant.
will not use my position or influence within an organized adoption search
or support group to recruit
I will not profit
excessively due to another person's misfortune or circumstances.
To the Public–
maintain professional integrity at all
I will be aware that
search consultation as a profession is relatively new and must earn a
reputable name for itself.
will remember that the area of adoption search is often a delicate one and
must be handled with care and thoughtfulness.
Failure to abide by the ISC Code of Ethics will result in revocation of
certification by Independent Search Consultants.
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