Adoption and Financial Assistance: Tools for Navigating the Bureauracy

Overview

Parents, child advocates, and family attorneys need to understand how to put the federal adoption assistance law to work for their children and clients in order to create adoptions, keep them intact and healthy, and encourage future special needs adoptive placements as well. This guide through the state adoption bureaucracies shows how to navigate the adoption assistance process, negotiate an adoption assistance contract, and plan effective administrative hearings and adoption ...

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Overview

Parents, child advocates, and family attorneys need to understand how to put the federal adoption assistance law to work for their children and clients in order to create adoptions, keep them intact and healthy, and encourage future special needs adoptive placements as well. This guide through the state adoption bureaucracies shows how to navigate the adoption assistance process, negotiate an adoption assistance contract, and plan effective administrative hearings and adoption subsidy appeals.

Essentially four books in one, this book includes and explains the federal IV-E adoption assistance law and many of the important clarifications that have been issued by the federal government over the last two decades; takes the reader inside the culture of the state adoption bureaucracies to show how they operate, and why they sometimes seem to be working against adoptive families instead of with them; illustrates how to negotiate and periodically renegotiate the crucial adoption assistance contract, and how to file and prepare for an administrative hearing and an appeal should the decision go against a family; and provides easy-to-understand examples in numerous sidebars that illustrate important points every adoptive family should understand. Families who have or will adopt children with special needs may be able to save tens of thousands of dollars using the information provided here.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897896689
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/6/1999
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,345,553
  • Lexile: 1440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

RITA LAWS is the co-author of Adopting and Advocating for the Special Needs Child (Bergin & Garvey, 1997) and has written hundreds of articles on adopting and parenting.

TIM O'HANLON is a former adoption assistance policy specialist and is the author of Accessing Federal Adoption Subsidies After Legalization (1995). Dr. O'Hanlon maintains an adoption advocacy Web site called the "Adoption Policy Resource Center."

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acronyms
Pt. I Adoption and the Bureaucracy
1 Adoption ABCs: Advocacy, Bureaucracy, and Children 3
2 Foster Care and Adoption Assistance Rates 23
3 Special Service Subsidies: Important Extras 37
4 Welcome to the Bureaucracy: Adoptive Parents and Agencies 45
5 Adoption Assistance: Progress and Obstacles for Adoptive Families 57
Pt. II Tools for Advocacy
6 Why Adoption Support Groups? 67
7 Adoption Assistance and the Crucial Adoption Assistance Contract 77
8 Adoptive Families As Community Assets 101
9 Administrative Hearings: Appealing Agency Decisions 109
10 Hearings, Part 2: Applying for Adoption Assistance and Retroactive Payments after a Final Decree of Adoption 123
11 Setbacks and Victories: One Family's Story 145
12 Parent Groups and Legislators 165
13 Disclosure of Information and the Liability of Adoption Agencies 173
Pt. III Document Appendices
Word Index to Policy Interpretation Questions or PIQs 203
Adoption and Safe Families Act ASFA of 1997, P.L. 105-89: Summary 213
P.L. 96-272 Title IV-E, 1980 216
Federal PIQs and Other Issuances 219
Federal Regulations on Administrative Fair Hearings 237
Federal Adoption Assistance Regulations 244
1998 State Supreme Court Decisions on Title IV-E Adoption Assistance after Finalization 245
Pt. IV Information Resources
References 257
Regional Offices U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families 259
Adoption Assistance World Wide Web Sites 261
National Organizations for Special Needs Adoptive Families and Advocates 265
Index 267
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