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Postadoption Services

0200-510.00 | Revision Date: 12/09/15

Overview

This policy guide provides information on how to provide Postadoption Services including what to do when a finalized adoption is dissolved.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Policy

Postadoption Services

Postadoption Services Unit

Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs)

Procedure

Responding to a Request for PAS

PAS CSW Responsibilities

PAS SCSW Responsibilities

PAS ARA Responsibilities

Parents Refuse Postadoption Services

PAS CSW Responsibilities

Approvals

Helpful Links

Forms

Referenced Policy Guides

Statutes

Version Summary

This policy guide was updated from the 07/01/14 version to add instructions to ensure that the Adoption Assistance Payment (AAP) is only approved for postadoption residential placement facilities that are in good standing with DCFS or their local county and licensing agencies.

POLICY

Postadoption Services

Postadoption Services Unit

The Postadoption Services (PAS) Unit provides services to families with finalized adoptions. These services preserve the integrity of the adoptive family, if possible. In some cases, an adoption must end after being finalized, resulting in the child's return to, or entry into, foster care or placement with new adoptive parents. The dissolution of adoption must be the last resort.

 

Before proceeding to dissolve an adoption, the PAS Unit can provide the adoptive family with the following resources:

 

If the child was adopted after his/her sixteenth (16th) birthday, contact the Youth Development Services (YDS) Coordinator to access appropriate services.

Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs)

In some cases, residential treatment allows an adoption to continue while keeping all parties safe. RTC placements can only be made as part of a plan for the return of the child to the adoptive family, and the family must actively participate in that plan. A child can only be placed at an RTC that is licensed by the state, is a non-profit, and is IRS tax-exempt. The following documentation is needed to place a child in a RTC using the Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) funding for payment:

 

AAP payments for the adoptive parent(s) must be stopped immediately when the RTC placement is initiated and starts to receive AAP payments. There cannot be an overlap of AAP payments for the adoptive parent and the RTC.

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PROCEDURE

Responding to a Request for PAS

PAS CSW Responsibilities

  1. When an adoptive parent(s) calls requesting postadoption services (PAS), elicit the purpose of the call.
  1. Ask follow up questions to gather relevant information from the adoptive parent until the safety of the child is assessed.
  1. If child abuse or neglect is suspected, immediately call the Child Protection Hotline (CPH) at (800) 540-4000 and make a referral.
  1. Elicit all information necessary to complete a child abuse referral.
  1. Within thirty-six (36) hours of making the report, complete a SS 8572, Suspected Child AbuseThe non-accidental commission of injuries against a person. In the case of a child, the term refers specifically to the non-accidental commission of injuries against the child by or allowed by a parent(s)/guardian(s) or other person(s). The term also includes emotional, physical, severe physical, and sexual abuse as defined in CDSS MPP Section 31-002(c)(9)(D). Report.
  1. Submit the report online via DCFS Mandated Report Link, fax it to (213) 745-1725 or (213) 745-1726, or mail it to:

 

Child Protection Hotline

1933 S. Broadway, 5th Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90007

 

  1. Provide appropriate resources to the adoptive parent.
  1. If placing the child in a Residential Treatment Center (RTC) or group home:
  1. Check the GH/FFA Alpha Listing located on LA Kids to provide the adoptive parent(s) with a list of RTC facilities that might meet their child's needs.
  2. If the adoptive parent(s) have already selected a potential placement:

     

  1. For an out of county, check with the licensing worker in that county to ensure that the placement meets foster care criteria and is in good standing.
  1. Explain to the adoptive parent(s) that he/she will need to contact the RTC and complete all necessary intake requirements (e.g. interviews).
  1. Inform the adoptive parent(s) that to have the Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) payments paid to the RTC, the adoptive parent(s) must sign an affidavit stating that AAP funding can go to the facility and that the RTC must meet certain requirements.
  1. Inform the adoptive parent that AAP can only be paid to an RTC for an eighteen (18) month cumulative period and as part of a plan for return of the child to the family. The adoptive family should actively participate in the plan.
  1. Inform the adoptive parent that AAP only pays room and board for out-of-state RTCs and not for educational expenses.
  1. If the family is requesting that AAP be paid directly to the RTC:
  1. Write AAP request.
  1. Complete the AAP 2, Payment Instructions Adoption Assistance Program.

 

  1. Submit the AAP 2 and appropriate documentation to the SCSW for approval.

 

  1. If the initial AAP agreement is signed when the child/youth is sixteen (16) years or older:
  1. Inform the adoptive parent(s) that AAP benefits can be extended for a youth who is beyond the age eighteen of (18) if he/she meets the required criteria.
  1. Inform the adoptive parent(s) that receipt of AAP benefits for a youth who is beyond eighteen (18) years old is contingent on the parent(s) requesting the benefit extension prior to the child/youth's eighteenth (18th) birthday.
  1. Inform the parent(s) that this is done by calling the Foster Care Hotline or Postadoption Services and by providing documentation to DCFS indicates the child/youth meets one (1) of the five (5) participation criteria.
  1. Inform the adoptive parent(s) that he/she is responsible for reporting  to DCFS if a nonminor, former dependent child/youth is not satisfying at least one (1) of the participation criteria.

 

  1. Inform the adoptive parents that if the child has a mental or physical disability that AAP benefits will continue until the child becomes twenty-one (21) years old.
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  3. Document all contacts in the case folder.

 

PAS SCSW Responsibilities

  1. Review the AAP 2 and all supporting documentation.

 

  1. If approved, sign the AAP 2 and forward it to the ARA for approval.

 

  1. If not approved, return the documents to the CSW for corrective action.

PAS ARA Responsibilities

  1. Review the AAP 2 and supporting documentation.
  1. If approved, sign the AAP 2 and forward it to Revenue Enhancement for processing.
  1. If not approved, return the documents to the SCSW for corrective action.

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Parent(s) Refuse Postadoption Services

PAS CSW Responsibilities

  1. If, after following steps 1-2 above, the adoptive parent(s) refuses postadoption services, inform the adoptive parent(s) that:
  1. DCFS can take a designated relinquishment.
  1. The adoptive parent(s) can contact the law firm that finalized the adoption, a lawyer of his/her choice, or the Adoption Liaison located at Edelman's Children's Court regarding setting aside the order of adoption.
  1. A petition for abandonment has to be filed against him/her for the child to be made a ward of the court.

 

  1. Document all contacts in the case folder.

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APPROVALS

SCSW Approval

ARA Approval

HELPFUL LINKS

Forms

LA Kids

SS 8572, Suspected Child Abuse Report

Referenced Policy Guides

0050-501.10, Child Abuse and NeglectThe failure to provide a person with necessary care and protection. In the case of a child, the term refers to the failure of a parent(s)/guardian(s) or caretaker(s) to provide the care and protection necessary for the child's healthy growth and development. Neglect occurs when children are physically or psychologically endangered. The term includes both severe and general neglect as defined by Penal Code Section 11165.2 and medically neglected infants as described in 45 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1340.15(b). Reporting Act (CANRA)

0200-508.10, RelinquishmentThe action of a parent in which he or she surrenders custody, control and any responsibility for the care and support of the child. Currently, only an Adoption social worker or the court is qualified to process a relinquishment. Procedures and the Statement of Understanding

0200-511.05, Adoption Assistance Program (AAP)A mandatory statewide program that provides financial support to families in order to facilitate the adoption of children who would otherwise be in long-term foster care. The intent of this program is to remove limited financial resources as a barrier to adoption. Benefits and Medi-CalCalifornia's federal Medicaid program. Benefits

Statutes

FAM Section 9100 – States the circumstances under which adoptive parents can file a petition that sets aside an adoption for a child with a developmental or mental condition that existed before the adoption.

 

FAM Section 9101 – States the consequences of an adoption order that is being set aside.

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