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Adoption and financial assistance : tools for navigating the bureauracy
Laws, Rita, 1956-
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Bergin & Garvey, [1999]

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xii, 271 pages ; 25 cm
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1440 Lexile.
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HV875.55 .L38 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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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.

Author Notes

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./e She has her PhD in psychology and is a NACAC State Representative. She and her nine sons and two daughters by birth and adoption live in Oklahoma.

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword Adoption and the Bureaucracy Adoption ABCs (Advocacy, Bureaucracy, and Children)
The Connection between Adoption Assistance and Foster Care Rates Special Service Subsidies
Important Extras Welcome to the Bureaucracy
What Adoptive Families Should Know Adoption Assistance
Progress and Obstacles for Adoptive Families Tools for Advocacy Why Adoption Support Groups Are So Useful
The Crucial Adoption Assistance Contract Adoptive Families as Community Assets
Individual Capacity Inventories Fair Hearings and the Rights of Adoptive Families Applying for Adoption Assistance and Retroactive Payments after a Final Decree of Adoption Setbacks and Victories
One Family's Story Adoptive Families and State Legislatures
A Perfect Partnership Lawsuits and the Liability of Adoption Agencies
Appendices and Documents Information Resources