A practical guide to adoption subsidy for adoptive families and advocates
Publication Information: Columbus, OH : FoolProof Solutions Digital Publishing.
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The Subsidy Guidebook is written for adoptive parents, attorneys and the friends of adopted children. It attempts to provide readers with a map through each phase of the federal Title IV-E adoption assistance program: Eligibility; The Amount and Types of Assistance; Appealing Agency Decisions and Applying for Assistance After the Adoption is Finalized. No publication can guarantee successful outcomes, of course, but we hope that the book with provide readers with enough practical advice and access to information to enable them to serve as more effective advocates for special needs children. Parents need to know state adoption assistance regulations so they understand what state officials are telling them. Initial administrative hearings will also emphasize state policies and regulations. Federal law also leaves some margin for interpretation, giving rise to disputes over whether a particular state policy is consistent with federal law. By familiarizing themselves with state adoption assistance policies, parents can also better discern if there may be a conflict between state and federal law. The pre-eminence of federal law becomes more important as parents proceed up the appeals ladder. The Guidebook focuses on the federal adoption assistance program, but attempts to provide readers access to state laws and regulations in the Appendix section. In some cases, the reader can visit pertinent state regulations or laws by clicking on a live link to an appropriate web site. In other cases, where the state does not provide free access, the reader is directed to a contact person to request copies of adoption assistance regulations. Live links, to federal policy statements, cases, laws and regulations appear throughout the main body of the text. (Author abstract)
adoption subsidies; advocacy; special needs; title IV E; federal adoption laws; afdc; asfa