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Huron-Perth Profile on Adoption Assistance

Updated January 2008

Agency Contact Person

Louanne Taylor
413 MacEwan St
Goderich, ON N7A 4M1
Phone: 519-524-7356 x3251
Fax: 519-524-1541
E-mail: LouanneTaylor@h-pcas.ca

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 adoption.assistance@nacac.org.


Ontario’s Adoption Resources on the Web:

Ontario’s Ministry of Children and Youth Services

http://www.children.gov.on.ca/mcys/english/programs/
child/adoption/index.asp

Federal and Ontario Provincial Nonrefundable Tax Credits

http://www.cga-ontario.org/contentfiles/
publications_promotions/ptp/federal.aspx

The Adoption Council of Ontario

www.adoptontario.ca


Huron Perth Children’s Aid Society web information:

http://www.h-pcas.ca/


1. Huron Perth Children’s Aid Society's definition of special needs is as follows:

Special needs include a child with physical or developmental disabilities, serious medical issues or significant learning disabilities that require services not provided by government services.

2. If available, the standard adoption assistance rate at Huron Perth Children’s Aid Society is:

There is no standard adoption assistance rate.  It is negotiated on each individual case.

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 Huron Perth Children’s Aid Society offers special allowances over and above the standard rate, the criteria used to define the higher rates are as follows:

As outlined in #2, there is no standard rate.  The needs of each child are assessed and the assistance is negotiated.

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 Huron Perth Children’s Aid Society?

The agency does not provide respite, counseling or residential treatment for adopted children. Adoptive parents are invited to foster parent training.

5. What medical or dental services are available at Huron Perth Children’s Aid Society?

None for adopted children.

6. When my child turns 18, which benefits, if any, are available to our family?

Benefits are only available to a child over the age of 18 if it is negotiated in the initial agreement with the agency.

7. Do relatives adopting under the program receive the same benefits as non-relatives?

Yes, if it is negotiated with the agency.

8. Do children adopted from private agencies receive the same subsidies as those children adopted from public agencies?

No.


Programmatic Procedures

9. When do subsidy payments begin?

Subsidy payments could begin on the date that the adoption probation begins or on the finalization date.  It is negotiated with the adoptive family.

10. Will Huron Perth Children’s Aid Society consider my family income to determine my child's benefit package?

Yes, the family’s income is one of the considerations when the amount of the subsidy is determined.  The amount is calculated on an individual basis.

11. Are prospective adoptive families routinely notified of all benefits available to them at Huron Perth Children’s Aid Society?

Yes, they are notified of services provided by this agency.

12. Who sets the assistance rates and how are they established?

The assistance rates are set on an individual case basis.  The rate is proposed by the adoption worker after discussions with the adoptive family and the manager. 

13. Who makes the final determination of a child's eligibility at Huron Perth Children’s Aid Society?  What roles, if any, do workers and administrators at the agency or regional level play in eligibility determination and/or assistance negotiation?

The adoption worker meets with the adoptive family to determine the child’s present and long term needs, the family’s financial situation, and services that are needed.  The worker then reports to the adoption manager, who consults with the Director of Services.  The Director then presents the request to the Executive Director who makes the final decision.

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?

The adoption worker would look for the adoptive family best able to meet the child’s needs.  A family who would accept placement with out assistance is a consideration, but not the determining factor.

15. Once eligibility is established, how and by whom are assistance agreements negotiated at Huron Perth Children’s Aid Society?

The adoption worker meets with the adoptive family to determine their financial situation, the child’s special needs and the services needed, and an estimate of the financial assistance required.  The worker will then prepare a report that is given to the manager and the Director of service for approval.

16. A child's adoption assistance agreement may be periodically reviewed by the agency. What is the typical process used at Huron Perth Children’s Aid Society?

The agreement is reviewed yearly.

17. Can adoption assistance agreements be modified if requested by adoptive parents?

The agreement can be modified if requested by the adoptive parents.  A review of the family’s situation would be done and the agency and the parents would agree upon the modifications.

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 Huron Perth Children’s Aid Society?

A “future needs” agreement could be negotiated at the time of the adoption placement.  The agreement would be reinitiated in the future if needed.

19. What are the exact steps a family must go through to access the appeal process at Huron Perth Children’s Aid Society?

The adoptive parents would send a written appeal to the manager of resources.

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.

The adoptive family should contact the agency in writing to negotiate assistance.


System Operation and Program Funding

21. How is the adoption assistance program operated and funded at Huron Perth Children’s Aid Society?

The agency is partially funded by the provincial government and administered locally.

22. Below are other programs that may delineate Huron Perth Children’s Aid Society's adoption assistance program from others in Ontario and around the country.

None.


North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
970 Raymond Avenue, Suite 106
St. Paul, MN 55114
phone: 651-644-3036
fax: 651-644-9848
e-mail: info@nacac.org
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