Office of Children and Family Services

Adoption Subsidy Program

The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) oversees the State’s Adoption Subsidy Program, in which monthly subsidy payments are made to the adoptive parents of hard-to-place or handicapped children. We reviewed a sample of such payments and found that they were adequately supported and in compliance with governing regulations. However, we also identified $214,143 in payments that appeared to be inappropriate: $180,783 that was paid to provide support for 22 children who were reported as being deceased by various government records and $33,360 that was paid to a household after the adopted person had turned 21 and the payments should therefore have ceased. We recommended that the inappropriate payments be recovered and improvements be made in certain OCFS practices.

For a complete copy of Report 2008-S-106 click here.
For a copy of the 90-day response click here.