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Department of Social Services (Agency 765)
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New and revised guidance will include reorganizing Section 2: Adoption Assistance. Revisions clarify the expanded federal Title IV-E eligibility requirements for the adoption assistance program and aligns the definition of “special needs” with kin-first culture by allowing the placement of children with relatives for adoption who meet the requirements for adoption assistance. Additional changes include outlining the process to determine eligibility for adoption assistance for private and independent adoptions. Programmatic content related to the availability of special services has moved to Section 4: Post-Adoption Supports. Changes in Section 5: Adoption Disclosure clarify the differences between identifying and non-identifying information and creates the opportunity for adoptees to request and receive updated medical information. In Section 6: Non-Agency Placement Adoptions, language is added that allows circuit court judges flexibility in ordering an investigation for adult adoptions. Additionally, Section 6 is modified to expand step-parent adoptions by allowing for those with a legitimate interest to join a birth parent in a petition to adopt a child.
New Child and Family Services Manual, Chapter F, Adoption
0 Comments     Closes: 2/2/22
State Board of Social Services
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The changes to the Foster Care guidance are a result of legislation passed during the 2021 Session of the Virginia General Assembly. These legislative changes became effective upon regulation finalization in fall 2021. Substantive changes to the Foster Care guidance include changes to Kin First framework, language added to support kinship foster parents, and establishing the State Funded Kinship Subsidy program (known as State-Funded Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program in the Code of Virginia)
New Child and Family Services Manual, Chapter E, Foster Care
0 Comments     Closes: 2/2/22
State Board of Social Services