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Subsidies


We have a court date for our domestic adoption through the county.  We were just told what subsidy would be offered for 2 hard to place boys which was far lower than expected.  Does anyone have experience with this, Franklin county specifically if possible.  There are way to many future unknowns as well as current knowns that make the amount they offered as “reasonable”.

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You can ask for an amount up to but not over whatever foster parents got. You do have the right to negotiate with the county. If you can’t agree you can ask for a state hearing. I don’t know anything specific about that county.

Do not legalize until it is agreed on as it is difficult to renegotiate after legalization.

Ohio does have a post adoption fund which can pay up to $10,000 per boy per year for services such as counseling as long as the reason for the need happened before adoption (PASSS program) That is separate from the subsidy.

Posted by Regina on Mar 24, 2018 at 6:03pm

Thank you.  I didn’t know about PASSS.  We are talking to our attorney tomorrow.  What are specific things that we need to ask for?  Daycare, Known Mental Health, Unknown possible care items?

Posted by loveelway on Mar 25, 2018 at 8:44pm

I don’t think subsidy will increase to pay for day care as that is a normal cost of having a child (not sure). You can use the basic subsidy for that.

They give more monthly amounts if the child has special needs which might be depression, adhd, a physical problem, etc. Do the children have any diagnosis?

PASSS pays for things that the child needs help with that occurred before the adoption. Like if the child was abused before adoption and needs counseling. It does not pay for everyday parenting costs such as day care.

You should also get a medical card.

Posted by Regina on Mar 26, 2018 at 1:04am

Oh I forgot in preservice this should all have been explained. It should have been one of the classes. You might look up your handouts and see if they help.

Posted by Regina on Mar 26, 2018 at 1:06am

They are special needs.  Based on trauma they have multiple psych needs.  I guess there is a Daycare subsidy that my lawyer discussed with me that I should talk with the subsidy department about.

Posted by loveelway on Mar 28, 2018 at 12:34pm

I never heard of a day care subsidy. What happened? Does it exist?

Posted by Regina on Mar 31, 2018 at 8:59pm

Regina, as A FFY I guess I would like to learn more about that as well. If it has to be a special place because they have medical needs, would that be the same as day care? Like if they need to be in a place with special nurses or physical therapy?
Because to me as, again sorry, an FFY I don’t understand why it’s OK for the government to pay people who adopt for day care, but we were taken from my mother because they said she neglected us when she was working a second job at night. And din’t take one of my brothers, who had a hearing problem, to the doctor for therapy because she had to be at work and would have lost her job if she didnt’ show up.
I don’t understand why the people who took us should get the government to pay for day care when my mom couldn’t.

Posted by NoraT on Mar 31, 2018 at 10:29pm

I never heard of them paying for “normal” things a child needs like day care. That is why I asked. Usually they help with unusual expenses.

There are day care vouchers for low income families (birth or adopted) but that is different. I don’t know that there are adoption day care payments. I hope she posts and tells us.

Posted by Regina on Apr 01, 2018 at 1:14am

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