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Nipissing & Parry Sound Children's Aid Society Profile on Adoption Assistance

Updated January 2008

Agency Contact Person

Lorraine Hill
25 Church Street
Parry Sound, ON P2A 2W9
Phone: 705-746-9354
Fax: 705-746-9358
E-mail: lorraine.hill@cas.gov.on.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


Nipissing and Parry Sound Children’s Aid Society web information:

http://www.parnipcas.org/adoption.html


1. Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS's definition of special needs is as follows:

Normally, an adoption subsidy is considered based on the special needs of the child.  This could include medical, physical, educational, behavioral, or emotional difficulties, as well as consideration of the past abuse suffered by the child.

2. If available, the standard adoption assistance rate at Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS is:

Rates are set on a case-by-case basis.

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 Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS offers special allowances over and above the standard rate, the criteria used to define the higher rates are as follows:

None.

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 Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS?

Our Agency offers an adoption disclosure service for adults who have been adopted through our Agency.  This would involve providing non-identifying information and reunification services.  This is done by an adoption worker or a record disclosure worker (depending on area).

5. What medical or dental services are available at Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS?

While the child is on adoption probation, the child’s medical, dental, and optical needs would be met by the Agency.  These are covered by the adoptive family or other community resources after the adoption is finalized.

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

None.

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

Yes.

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 would normally begin during adoption probation and would be reviewed annually.

10. Will Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS consider my family income to determine my child's benefit package?

Income is certainly given consideration, as well as what benefits the adoptive parents may have through their employment, and services and subsidies available through the community and other government agencies.

11. Are prospective adoptive families routinely notified of all benefits available to them at Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS?

Adoption workers discuss the subsidy program with families.

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

The subsidy rate is set case-by-case.  The subsidy offered prior to finalization will be determined by the Executive Director, the adoption worker and supervisor, with discussions with the adoptive family.

13. Who makes the final determination of a child's eligibility at Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS? 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 of determining the child’s eligibility.

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?

No.

15. Once eligibility is established, how and by whom are assistance agreements negotiated at Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS?

Adoption assistance is determined through a discussion between the Executive Director, the adoption worker and supervisor, and the adoptive family.

16. A child's adoption assistance agreement may be periodically reviewed by the agency. What is the typical process used at Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS?

All agreements will be reviewed annually unless they are clearly time limited.

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

Yes.

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 Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS?

Families have the option of contacting the Agency if future needs arise and modifications need to be made.

19. What are the exact steps a family must go through to access the appeal process at Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS?

The adoptive parents have the right to appeal to the Executive Director in writing or the Child and Family Services Review Board.

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.

Contact the resource department at the agency.


System Operation And Program Funding

21. How is the adoption assistance program operated and funded at Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS?

The program is operated and funded locally as per the permanency funding guidelines of the Ministry.

22. Below are other programs that may diffentiate Nipissing and Parry Sound CAS'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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