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Chapter 388-27 WAC

Last Update: 2/23/04

CHILD WELFARE SERVICESADOPTION SERVICES AND ADOPTION SUPPORT

WAC Sections

ADOPTION SUPPORT PROGRAM
Adoption Services
What is the legal basis for and purpose of the department's adoption program?
What definitions apply to the department's adoption program?
What are the eligibility criteria for the department's adoption program?
When does the department provide general adoption services?
What general adoption services does the department provide?
What procedures must the department follow for the interstate placement of children?
What adoption services does the department provide for children in the department's care and custody?
What adoption services does the department provide for prospective and approved adoptive families?
When may the department place a dependent child (not legally free) into an adoptive home?
When may a legally free child be placed into an adoptive home?
What is a voluntary adoption plan?
When must the department follow a voluntary adoption plan?
Will the department consider a proposed voluntary adoption plan if a termination petition has already been filed at the request of the department?
What will the department do to implement a voluntary adoption plan?
What must the department do to maintain confidentiality of adoption records?
Under what conditions may the department reveal identifying information about the birth parent?
What must the department, private practitioner, or child placing agency do to locate records and information relating to the birth parents and the child?
What information must the department or child placing agency provide to prospective adoptive parents about the child that is being considered for adoption?
What information must the department or child placing agency provide to prospective adoptive parents about the birth parent(s) of a child being considered for adoption?
When will the department, private practitioner, or child placing agency disclose required information?
How does an adoptee, adoptive parent, or birth parent obtain nonidentifying information from an archived adoptive record?
What is the department response to requests for public disclosure of an adoptive record?
Part A: General
What is the legal basis of the department's adoption support program?
What is the purpose of the adoption support program?
What definitions apply to the adoption support program?
Part B: Eligibility
What are the eligibility criteria for the adoption support program?
What constitutes a "special needs"?
What constitutes a reasonable effort to place a child for adoption without adoption support?
Under what circumstances would it be against the best interest of the child to search for a family that could adopt the child without adoption support?
Are there other factors affecting a child’s eligibility for adoption support?
Part C: Application
How does a prospective adoptive parent apply for adoption support services?
What requirements apply to an application for ongoing adoption support?
Part D: Agreement
What is the nature and purpose of an adoption support agreement?
What must be included in an adoption support agreement?
If the adoptive family resides in or moves to another state, how is the child’s participation in the adoption support services affected?
When does the adoption support agreement become effective?
If the department implements adoption support services prior to the adoption, may the adoptive parent(s) continue to receive department-funded foster care payments while also receiving adoption support payments?
May the adoptive parent(s) change the benefits contained in the adoption support program?
When may the department modify the terms of the adoption support agreement?
Does the adoptive parent need to let the department know if the family's circumstances change?
Under what circumstances would the adoption support agreement be terminated?
Part E: Services
What benefits may the adoptive parent or child receive from the adoption support program?
What factors affect the amount of adoption support benefits a child receives?
How does the department evaluate a request for adoption support monthly cash payments?
What specific department requirements apply to medical services?
What specific department requirements apply to outpatient counseling and/or mental health services not covered by medicaid?
If the adoptive parent requests residential placement services for the parent's adopted child, what department requirements apply?
What are the consequences of the department placing the adopted child in foster care, group care, or residential treatment?
Part F: Review
When does the department review an adoption support agreement?
What is involved in the review process?
What is the department's responsibility when the adoptive parent(s) requests a review of the adoption support agreement?
What if the department does not respond to a request for a review of an adoption support agreement within thirty days?
What requirements apply to the review of a support agreement?
After a review, what if the department and the adoptive parent cannot agree on the terms of the adoption support agreement?
Part G: Post-Finalization Requests for Assistance
May an adoptive parent apply for adoption support services after the adoption has been finalized?
If a child met federal Title IV-E eligibility for adoption assistance before the adoption, but was not placed on the adoptive support program, what may the adoptive parent do after adoption finalization to obtain adoption support services for the adopted child?
What constitutes "extenuating circumstances"?
What is the effective date of an adoption support agreement that results from a finding of extenuating circumstances?
If a child did not meet federal Title IV-E eligibility for adoption assistance before the adoption, what may the adoptive parent do after adoption finalization to obtain adoption support services for the adopted child?
What is the adoption support reconsideration program?
How does a child qualify for the adoption support reconsideration program?
How does an adoptive parent apply for the adoption support reconsideration program?
What types of services does the department provide through the adoption support reconsideration program?
What department requirements apply to adoption support reconsideration services?
Under what conditions or circumstances would a child become ineligible for the adoption support reconsideration program?
What happens if the state no longer funds the adoption support reconsideration program?
Part H: Appeal Rights
Does an adoptive parent have the right to appeal department decisions regarding adoption support issues?
What information about adoption support agreements may be used in an administrative hearing?
Part I: Nonrecurring Costs
Will the department reimburse an adoptive parent for nonrecurring adoption expenses?
What types of nonrecurring adoption expenses will the department reimburse?
Is there a limit to the amount of nonrecurring adoption expenses that the department will reimburse?
How does an adoptive parent get reimbursed for nonrecurring adoption expenses?