This is the official how to on how to aquire money when a family adopts a child who was taken by the state. As you can see the dollars go up as the needs go up.
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“finding adoptive homes for children”
The Adoption Assistance program provides financial aid to all adopted children with Special Needs to help meet the needs of the child. As defined by the State of Georgia for the purpose of adoption, children with Special Needs include those who meet one of the following criteria at the time of placement:
•African-American children older than one year of age
•Three or more siblings placed together at the same time
•Children age eight and older
•Children with documented physical, emotional or mental disabilities
•Two siblings placed together and one child has a special need The Adoption Assistance agreement must occur prior to finalization of the adoption. If a child is not in the permanent custody of the state, assistance might be obtained when a child meets specific title IV-E and special needs criteria. In ALL cases, it must be documented that the adoption would not be possible without assistance.
Types of Assistance
1. Monthly Adoption Assistance Benefits – help to assist adoptive parent(s) in meeting the special needs of the child.
2. Special Services Adoption Assistance – provides a time-limited or one-time special service assistance and must relate to the special needs of the child (e.g., orthodontics, special medical equipment, or respite). There must be documentation that no other resources (community, family or otherwise) are available to meet the needs of the other child. Special Services benefits are reserved for children age 18 and under in the permanent custody of DHR.
3. Non-Recurring Adoption Assistance – covers reasonable and necessary adoption fees, court costs, attorney fees and other expenses directly related to the finalization of the adoption of a child with Special Needs.
4. Medicaid – available to any child who is eligible for monthly Adoption Assistance benefits.
Length of Eligibility
Under the following conditions a child may continue to receive State Funded Adoption Assistance beyond age 18:
Prior to the adoption, the child was in permanent custody of DHR or a child who was placed in the permanent custody of individuals for the purpose of adoption, child is attending high school on a full time basis and child remains financially dependent on his/her parents. Benefits may continue to age 21 or when the child finishes high school, whichever comes first.
Any child who was adopted at age 13 or older or who was placed for adoption prior to July 1998, may continue to receive adoption assistance benefits after age 18 if they are enrolled in high school, technical school or college on a full time basis. Adoption assistance payments will terminate at age 21, when the child finishes school/college or drops out of the educational program whichever comes first. School/College attendance will be verified on a quarterly/semester basis by the DFCS Case Manager.
Medicaid is available for a child until age 18 or until adoption assistance benefits terminate.
Applying for Assistance
Adoption Assistance is made available by the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) through the county Department of Family and Children Services where the adoptive family resides. In the event a family from another state adopts a child in the permanent custody of DHR, the county of legal responsibility would be responsible for completing the application.