This policy guide provides information on how to provide Postadoption Services including what to do when a finalized adoption is dissolved.
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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.
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:
- Adoption Promotion and Support Services (APSS)
- Family Preservation Services
- Referral to Training, Intervention, Education, and Services (TIES)
- Voluntary Family Maintenance (VFM)
- Placement in a Residential Treatment Center (RTC)/group home
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 funding for payment:
- A letter from the treating physician, stating that the child needs to be placed in a RTC
- A letter from the RTC, stating that:
- It accepts the child into the facility and the date the child will be admitted to the facility
- The facility is entitled to receive Title IV-E funding
- It is not a locked facility
- A copy of the RTC's state license
- Information from the RTC ensuring the child's rights
- A copy of the RTC's program cost broken down monthly
- AAP approval, if the family is requesting that AAP be paid directly to the RTC
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.
Responding to a Request for PAS
PAS CSW Responsibilities
- When an adoptive parent(s) calls requesting postadoption services (PAS), elicit the purpose of the call.
- Ask follow up questions to gather relevant information from the adoptive parent until the safety of the child is assessed.
- If child abuse or neglect is suspected, immediately call the at (800) 540-4000 and make a referral.
- Elicit all information necessary to complete a child abuse referral.
- Within thirty-six (36) hours of making the report, complete a , Suspected Child Abuse Report.
- Submit the report online via , 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
- Provide to the adoptive parent.
- If placing the child in a or group home:
- 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.
- If the adoptive parent(s) have already selected a potential placement:
- For an in county or adjacent county placement, check the GH/FFA Alpha Listing to ensure that the placement selected is in good standing with DCFS.
- If the selected placement does not appear on the list, contact Out of Home Care at (626) 569-6803 to determine if the placement was previously on the list but removed and the reason it was removed.
- Explain to the adoptive parent that DCFS cannot authorize payment to a facility that is not in good standing with DCFS.
PAS SCSW Responsibilities
- Review the AAP 2 and all supporting documentation.
- If approved, sign the AAP 2 and forward it to the ARA for approval.
- If not approved, return the documents to the CSW for corrective action.
PAS ARA Responsibilities
- Review the AAP 2 and supporting documentation.
- If approved, sign the AAP 2 and forward it to Revenue Enhancement for processing.
- If not approved, return the documents to the SCSW for corrective action.
Parent(s) Refuse Postadoption Services
PAS CSW Responsibilities
- If, after following above, the adoptive parent(s) refuses postadoption services, inform the adoptive parent(s) that:
- DCFS can take a designated .
- 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 the order of adoption.
- A petition for abandonment has to be filed against him/her for the child to be made a ward of the court.
- Document all contacts in the case folder.
- AAP 2
- AAP 2
SS 8572, Suspected Child Abuse Report
Referenced Policy Guides
0050-501.10, Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA)
0200-508.10, Relinquishment Procedures and the Statement of Understanding
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.