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Jeanne Sauve Family Services Profile on Adoption Assistance

Updated January 2008

Agency Contact Person

Denise Dallaire
29 Mundy Avenue
Kapuskasing, ON P5N 1R1
Phone: 705-355-2445 general
Phone: 705-372-2445 direct
Fax: 705-335-4391
E-mail: denise.dallaire@jsfs.org

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

Jeanne Sauve Family Services web information:

N/A


1. Jeanne Sauve Family Services' definition of special needs is as follows:

The special needs of a child could include: medical, physical, educational, behavioral or emotional difficulties. It would also include maintaining a sibling group together.

2. If available, the standard adoption assistance rate at Jeanne Sauve Family Services is:

There is no standard adoption assistance rate. Every situation is evaluated individually.

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 Jeanne Sauve Family Services offers special allowances over and above the standard rate, the criteria used to define the higher rates are as follows:

N/A

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 Jeanne Sauve Family Services?

The agency offers counseling to families and adoption disclosure services to adult adoptees, as per law prescribe.

5. What medical or dental services are available at Jeanne Sauve Family Services?

Unless included in an adoption subsidy, the agency does not provide any medical and/or dental services for a child upon or after the adoption probation.

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

None at this time.

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

Yes, based on the child’s needs and the family’s capacity to meet the child’s needs.

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

Unsure.


Programmatic Procedures

9. When do subsidy payments begin?

When a subsidy agreement as been reached, which would normally be during the adoption probation period or in some circumstances when it has been identified that a subsidy is necessary to meet the child’s needs once the adoption has been completed.

10. Will Jeanne Sauve Family Services consider my family income to determine my child's benefit package?

Yes, the family income is taken into consideration as well as benefits the adoptive parents may have through their employment, services within the community, and other government resources.

11. Are prospective adoptive families routinely notified of all benefits available to them at Jeanne Sauve Family Services?

No, only if there is a demonstrated need.

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

Every family’s situation is evaluated case-by-case. Upon evaluation of the child’s needs, the rates are determined locally by the Executive Director and Director of Services taking into consideration the comments/concerns received from the child’s worker/adoption worker and the adoptive parents.

13. Who makes the final determination of a child's eligibility at Jeanne Sauve Family Services? What roles, if any, do workers and administrators at the agency or regional level play in eligibility determination and/or assistance negotiation?

The Executive Director has the final decision in determining the child’s eligibility.

Adoption worker is responsible to be the liaison between family and agency.

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 focus is always on the child—what is the best placement for him. If the best placement is to be within a family that would require financial assistance, then that is where we would place the child.

15. Once eligibility is established, how and by whom are assistance agreements negotiated at Jeanne Sauve Family Services?

Assistance agreements are negotiated through a discussion between the adoptive family, the adoption worker, the supervisor, the Executive Director and Director of Services.

16. A child's adoption assistance agreement may be periodically reviewed by the agency. What is the typical process used at Jeanne Sauve Family Services?

Agreements are generally revised annually unless it has been a specific one-time agreement.

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

Yes, needs and other issues can be reevaluated.

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 Jeanne Sauve Family Services?

Yes, if the situation changes the agency will reassess the situation and an agreement could be considered.

19. What are the exact steps a family must go through to access the appeal process at Jeanne Sauve Family Services?

The agency has an internal services complaints procedure that could be used to appeal a decision.

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.

If the child placed for adoption is from our agency, the adoptive parents would contact the adoption worker. If the child has been placed in a family in our area but the child originally came from an outside agency, the adoptive parents would be given the information to be in direct contact with the child’s original Children’s Aid Society.


System Operation And Program Funding

21. How is the adoption assistance program operated and funded at Jeanne Sauve Family Services?

The agency is responsible to cover all costs related to adoption assistance agreements through its general budget.

22. Below are other programs that may delineate Jeanne Sauve Family Services' 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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