Frequently Asked Questions
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Q. How long can the adoption assistance continue?
To age 18, unless 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 OKDHS. Supporting documentation must be provided not later than 60 days prior to the child's 18th birthday.
Q. Must the child remain in Oklahoma to receive adoption assistance?
A. No, adoption assistance agreements remain in effect even if a family moves out of Oklahoma. Oklahoma continues to make monthly payments, if applicable, and IV-E children can receive Medicaid regardless of where the family resides. State funded children may be eligible to receive Medicaid in the state where they reside. The scope of the Medicaid coverage may vary from state to state. OKDHS staff assists with securing Medicaid benefits in the new state of residence and assuring that proper paperwork is submitted timely.
Q. If a child receives benefits such as SSA, VA or other beneficiary payments, can the family receive those after adoption?
After the adoption is finalized, the parents may apply to receive those benefits. These benefits should be considered when the amount of the adoption assistance is negotiated with the family. If a child receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) prior to adoption, the child may not be eligible for this benefit after adoption or eligible in a different amount.
If the adoptive parents add the child to their health and medical insurance, is Medicaid of benefit?
A. Yes, however the insurance must be claimed first. Medicaid will pay only if a Medicaid eligible child is using a Medicaid vendor and then only if the insurance amount is less than what Medicaid would pay or if a service is Medicaid compensable and the family insurance is not compensable. Currently, in the scope of Oklahoma’s Medicaid program, when a Medicaid child uses a Medicaid vendor, the vendor has agreed to accept the Medicaid payment as payment in full. This may not be the case in other states, and the family will owe the difference in the total and what insurance pays if they are using a non-Medicaid vendor.
Q. Is there ever a review of the adoption assistance?
A. Yes, annually the Department must determine that the need still exists, and that the parents continue to have legal and financial responsibility for the child.
Q. Can the amount of the subsidy ever be changed?
A. Yes, the parents and OKDHS can re-negotiate the adoption assistance amount anytime there is a change in the child’s needs, provided the child is not already receiving the maximum.
Q. What if I do not agree with OKDHS’s decision regarding my application for adoption assistance or subsequent requests?
A. You have a right to an administrative fair hearing if your application is denied, not acted on with reasonable promptness, approved in an amount less than requested, modified without your concurrence, or terminated.
Q. Is there an instance in which an adoptive family may apply for adoption assistance after an adoption is finalized?
A. Yes, both federal and state funded programs have provisions for adoption assistance after finalization if certain circumstances exist and eligibility criteria is met.
For additional information, contact Adoption Assistance.