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Two New Ohio Related Guidebooks, March 2010

Without a doubt, negotiating Title IV-E adoption assistance agreements remains the most contentious issue in the special needs adoption program. As such, disagreement over negotiation criteria and procedures as well as the amount of assistance is the most frequent topic of state administrative hearings involving adoption. Because of the complexities involved in negotiating adoption assistance and the appeals resulting from denials of Ohio county public children services agencies (PCSAs), we offer two new related books on these subjects: Funding and Negotiation of Adoption Assistance in Ohio, 2010 and Appealing Agency Decisions on the Amount of Title IV-E Adoption Assistance in Ohio, 2010.

Funding and Negotiation of Adoption Assistance in Ohio, 2010

by Timothy P. O'Hanlon, Ph.D.
March 2010
Electronic book [RTF format]; 64 pages.
About this publication: Chapter 1 of this new e-book, explains the how the financial responsibility for funding Title IV-E adoption assistance in Ohio is divided among the federal state and county governments. By understanding federal financial participation, the reader should acquire a better understanding of the legal and practical limitations in obtaining adoption assistance. Chapter 2, walks the reader through the legal requirements for the negotiation of adoption assistance agreements. The chapter contains practical recommendations on how to approach the process of negotiation.
How to Purchase:

Download electronic copy (Microsoft RTF file) -- $15.00. Purchase using credit card and PayPal, a secure online payment system.

IMPORTANT NOTE: After entering your information into PayPal, you will see a confirmation page with a Receipt ID. At the bottom of that page, click the button labelled "Return to Merchant Site" in order to begin downloading the publication.

Appealing Agency Decisions on the Amount of Title IV-E Adoption Assistance in Ohio, 2010

by Timothy P. O'Hanlon, Ph.D.
March 2010
Electronic book [RTF format]; 63 pages.
About this publication: Chapter 1 of this new e-book takes the reader through the appeals process itself including a detailed consideration of state administrative hearings. The second chapter provides practical information on how to prepare for a state administrative hearing involving disagreement over the amount of adoption assistance. There is considerable overlap between the information presented in Chapter 2 of this guidebook and Chapter 2 of Funding and Negotiation of Adoption Assistance in Ohio, 2010, but the information in this e-book is organized around preparation for a hearing. Appendix A of Appealing Agency Decisions on the Amount of Title IV-E Adoption Assistance, 2010 offers a sample hearing statement for adoptive parents and their advocates to use as a model.
How to Purchase:

Download electronic copy (Microsoft RTF file) -- $15.00. Purchase using credit card and PayPal, a secure online payment system.

IMPORTANT NOTE: After entering your information into PayPal, you will see a confirmation page with a Receipt ID. At the bottom of that page, click the button labelled "Return to Merchant Site" in order to begin downloading the publication.

Practical Guide to Adoption Subsidy for Adoptive Families and Advocates

by Timothy P. O'Hanlon, Ph.D.
Rev. ed. 2007
Electronic book [RTF format]; 193 pages.
About this publication:

The Subsidy Guidebook is written for adoptive parents, attorneys and the friends of adopted children. It attempts to provide readers with a map through each phase of the federal Title IV-E adoption assistance program: Eligibility; The Amount and Types of Assistance; Appealing Agency Decisions and Applying for Assistance After the Adoption is Finalized. No publication can guarantee successful outcomes, of course, but we hope that the book with provide readers with enough practical advice and access to information to enable them to serve as more effective advocates for special needs children.

Parents need to know state adoption assistance regulations so they understand what state officials are telling them. Initial administrative hearings will also emphasize state policies and regulations. Federal law also leaves some margin for interpretation, giving rise to disputes over whether a particular state policy is consistent with federal law. By familiarizing themselves with state adoption assistance policies, parents can also better discern if there may be a conflict between state and federal law. The pre-eminence of federal law becomes more important as parents proceed up the appeals ladder.

The Guidebook focuses on the federal adoption assistance program, but attempts to provide readers access to state laws and regulations in the Appendix section. In some cases, the reader can visit pertinent state regulations or laws by clicking on a live link to an appropriate web site. In other cases, where the state does not provide free access, the reader is directed to a contact person to request copies of adoption assistance regulations. Live links, to federal policy statements, cases, laws and regulations appear throughout the main body of the text.

How to Purchase:

Download electronic copy (Microsoft RTF file) -- $20.00. Purchase using credit card and PayPal, a secure online payment system.

IMPORTANT NOTE: After entering your information into PayPal, you will see a confirmation page with a Receipt ID. At the bottom of that page, click the button labelled "Return to Merchant Site" in order to begin downloading the publication.

Userís Guide to Federal Adoption Assistance in Ohio

by Timothy P. O'Hanlon, Ph.D.
Rev. ed. 2007
Electronic book [RTF format]; 201 pages.
About this publication:

The Adoption Advocates e-book, User's Guide to Federal Adoption Assistance in Ohio, has been revised to reflect the amendments to Ohio's Title IV-E adoption assistance rules which went into effect on January 1, 2007. Because the impact on the rules falls so heavily on children placed by private agencies, the 2007 version of the User's Guide is devoted to:

  • Children placed for adoption from the public foster care system; that is children in the custody of and placed by Ohio public county children services agencies or PCSAs.
  • Children who qualify for Title IV-E adoption assistance by virtue of their eligibility for SSI (the federal Supplemental Security Income program for children). Children in this category may qualify for adoption assistance without any public or private agency involvement.
  • Cases in which parents who adopted children from private agencies (PCPAs) are receiving adoption assistance and are seeking an increase in levels of support. The 2007 rules do not affect children adopted through private agencies who are already receiving adoption assistance.

Because the impact of the 2007 Ohio rules falls so heavily on private agency adoptions, they will be considered in a separate addendum to this Guide.

As before, the guide is intended to provide a practical map to this vital program for special needs children to adoptive parents, attorneys and child advocates. Although Title IV-E adoption assistance is a federal program, the portions of the law provide states with some latitude in how the program is administered. The first section of the guide discusses various features of adoption assistance as practiced in Ohio.

Under federal and state law, adoptive parents have the right to appeal negative agency decisions pertaining to adoption assistance. Part 2 walks the reader through the appeals process.
How to Purchase:

Download electronic copy (RTF file) -- $20.00. Purchase using credit card and PayPal, a secure online payment system.

IMPORTANT NOTE: After entering your information into PayPal, you will see a confirmation page with a Receipt ID. At the bottom of that page, click the button labelled "Return to Merchant Site" in order to begin downloading the publication.

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