Department of Social Services
In the adoption subsidy program, the Department of
Social Services tries
to find and maintain stable and permanent homes for handicapped
and other hard-to-place
foster children. To encourage the adoption of these children,
the Department pays adoptive
parents monthly stipends to help cover the costs of caring for
the children. We examined the
Department's administration of the program and found that
improvements are needed. For
example, we determined that the local social services districts
often do not screen adoptive
parents in accordance with all Department procedures, and may not
take adequate steps to
ensure that the children are still in the care of the adopted
parents. We identified a number of
instances in which stipends may have been paid after the children
had died. We also
identified weaknesses in the procedures used to recruit adoptive
parents and make the parents
aware of all the children in need of adoption.
For a complete copy of Report 96-S-2 click here.
For a copy of the associated follow-up report click here.
For a copy of the 90-day response click here.