Grey Owen Sound Profile on Adoption Assistance
Updated June 2003
Agency Contact Person
Daniel Moore, Manager
Resources and Childrens Services
1290 3rd Avenue East
Owen Sound, ON N4K 2L5
NACAC Representative (Parent/Volunteer)
Currently, there is no Ontario Representative. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer to help families learn more about adoption assistance, please call Jeanette Wiedemeier Bower at NACAC, 651-644-3036 or 800-470-6665.
Adoption assistance may be available for children with special needs. Often, assistance is provided to encourage the adoption of special needs children and remove the financial disincentives to adoption for the families. If you have questions, please call the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) at 651-644-3036 or our subsidy help line at 800-470-6665, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Grey Owen Sound CASslegal definition of special needs is as follows:
Normally, a subsidy is approved based on a special need of a child. An income support may be approved for foster parents adopting sibling groups.
2. If available, the standard adoption assistance rate at Grey Owen Sound CAS is:
There are no standard rates. However, our Board has set $500/month/child as a maximum.
3. Specialized rates, if available, are based on the extraordinary needs of the child, and/or the additional parenting skill needed to raise the child. If Grey Owen Sound CAS offers special allowances over and above the standard rate, the criteria used to define the higher rates are as follows:
4. In addition to monthly payments, what sort of post-adoption services (respite, counseling, residential treatment, parent training, etc.) are provided? When available, are these services formally specified in the adoption assistance agreement at Grey Owen Sound CAS?
There are no special provincial allowances for adoptive families and we do not offer specific post-adoption services. We try to stay in touch when we can and provide services when we are able.
5. What medical or dental services are available at Grey Owen Sound CAS?
We pay for all medical services to foster children.
6. When my child turns 18, which benefits, if any, are available to our family?
7. Do relatives adopting under the program receive the same benefits as non-relatives?
8. Do children adopted from private agencies receive the same subsidies as those children adopted from public agencies?
9. When do subsidy payments begin?
Payments begins coincide with the adoption probation start date.
10. Will Grey Owen Sound CAS consider my family income to determine my child's benefit package?
Yes, income is considered as part of the approval process.
11. Are prospective adoptive families routinely notified of all benefits available to them at Grey Owen Sound CAS?
Adoption Workers review our subsidy policy at the time of adoption probation.
12. Who sets the assistance rates and how are they established?
Our Board sets the assistance rates.
13. Who makes the final determination of a child's eligibility at Grey Owen Sound CAS? What roles, if any, do workers and administrators at the agency or regional level play in eligibility determination and/or assistance negotiation?
Eligibility decisions are made by the Manager and Executive Director.
14. Once a child is determined eligible for assistance, is there any requirement to look for an adoptive family who will accept a placement without assistance?
15. Once eligibility is established, how and by whom are assistance agreements negotiated at Grey Owen Sound CAS?
The Manager negotiates the amount with the adoptive parents.
16. A child's adoption assistance agreement may be periodically reviewed by the agency. What is the typical process used at Grey Owen Sound CAS?
We review agreements on annual basis.
17. Can adoption assistance agreements be modified if requested by adoptive parents?
Yes, the decision is made by Executive Director.
18. A deferred or nil agreement is one in which the initial monthly assistance payment is $0. If a child's needs are listed as high risk and symptoms later manifest, the payment is renegotiated. Are deferred agreements offered at Grey Owen Sound CAS?
19. What are the exact steps a family must go through to access the appeal process at Grey Owen Sound CAS?
Appeals would occur through our complaints procedure.
20. Families may request assistance after the finalization of an adoption under certain circumstances. Below is the process by which families access adoption benefits after finalization.
Families can request assistance post-finalization, but this is not included in funded services by the province.
System Operation and Program Funding
21. How is the adoption assistance program operated and funded at Grey Owen Sound CAS?
The program is operated and funded locally (each CAS operates an adoption unit).
22. Below are other programs that may delineate Grey Owen Sound CAS's adoption assistance program from others around the province or country.
As an agency, we are supportive of the use of adoption subsidies for ensuring that a child in care can be placed in a permanent family. We also believe that post-adoption services should be available to children with special needs and their families.