Frequently Asked Questions
How long are the services provided?
Duration of Benefits
Effective June 7, 2006 the Governor signed House Bill 2656, changing the age adoption assistance is terminated to age 18, unless certain conditions exist as described below.
No payment may be made to any parent(s) with respect to any child who has attained the age of 18 years, except a child may continue to receive assistance until the child reaches the age of 19 if the child:
Continues to attend high school or pursues General Education Development, or
Meets the criteria for an adoption assistance difficulty of care rate as determined by the Department.
In order for DHS to consider continuing adoption assistance beyond the child's 18th birthday, the adoptive parent(s) must submit, not later than 60 days prior to the child reaching age 18, a request for adoption assistance to continue beyond age 18. If the adoptive parent(s) does not timely submit the required documentation, or if OKDHS determines the child does not meet the criteria that warrants continuation of assistance beyond the 18th birthday, adoption assistance for the child turning 18 terminates effective the last day of the child's birth month. The request for adoption assistance to continue beyond age 18 shall include supporting documentation:
A statement from school personnel providing documentation of high school attendance and anticipated date of graduation; or
A statement from school personnel providing documentation that the child is pursuing General Education Development; or
Medical or psychological assessments conducted and dated within six months preceding the child's 18th birthday, signed by a licensed physician, psychiatrist, or clinician describing the conditions, including diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.
DHS determines that the adoptive parent(s) is no longer legally responsible for support of the child.
DHS determines that the adoptive parent(s) is no longer providing financial support to the child. If the child is placed in out-of-home care, including psychiatric, residential, therapeutic, or foster family care, and the adoptive parent(s) continues to provide financial support to the child, adoption assistance may continue, but the rate of payment may be renegotiated.
The adoptive parent(s) dies.
Any child who was receiving Title IV-E adoption assistance at the time of the death of all of the child’s adoptive parents or at the time the adoption dissolves may be eligible for adoption assistance if he or she is adopted again after Oct. 1, 1997. A child receiving state funded adoption assistance is eligible if adopted after May 29, 1998.