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Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Eligible?
Child cannot return home. The DHS has determined that the child cannot or should not be returned to the home of his or her parents.
Special factors or conditions. DHS has determined that because of one or more of the factors or conditions listed below, the child cannot be placed with adoptive parents without providing adoption assistance.
Physical disability. Physical disability is defined as a condition that requires regular treatment with a specific diagnosis given by the child’s physician.Mental disability. The child meets the eligibility criteria for educable multi-handicapped (EMH) or trainable multi-handicapped (TMH) classes and has been evaluated by a licensed psychologist, psychometrist, school, or recognized diagnostic intensive adult supervision beyond ordinary age also qualifies.
Age. Eligibility based on the child’s age is determined below.
Kinship placement. There is no age requirement for a child placed with relatives who provides paid or non-paid kinship care and meets the specified degree of relationship.
Non-related and other relative placements. The child must be eight years of age or older. This includes a child adopted by relatives who was not the child’s caregiver at the time of adoptive placement.
Sibling relationship. The child is part of a sibling group of any age placed together:
A child of any age and at least one sibling are placed in trial adoption status in the same home.
A child younger than three years of age, not determined eligible to receive an adoption assistance payment at the time of the adoption assistance application, becomes eligible due to a sibling relationship.
If within one year of finalization of the child's adoption, the adoptive parent(s) finalizes the adoption of the child's sibling, the child is eligible for an adoption assistance payment.
The effective date to begin the adoption assistance payment for the child is the effective date of the adoption assistance payment for the sibling.
Emotional disturbance. This requires a determination by a physician, psychologist, behavioral therapist or social worker and documented with a specific diagnosis and prognosis, if applicable. It should further be corroborated with social worker, caregiver or child care personnel.
Racial or ethnic factor. Indian, Hispanic, Oriental, and African-American children age three years or older.
High risk of physical or mental disease. The child who exhibits high risk of physical or mental disease for conditions, which are not presently being treated, may qualify. If no other special factors or conditions are met, no monthly payment is made until there are documented symptoms of physical or mental disease.
Unsuccessful efforts to place the child without assistance. A reasonable but unsuccessful effort has been made to place the child without assistance, except where it would be against the best interest of the child because of such factors as a strong emotional tie to foster parents who are planning to adopt the child or placement with a relative.