Office of Children and Family Services

Adoption Subsidy Program (Follow-Up Review)

In the adoption subsidy program, the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) 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, OCFS pays adoptive parents monthly stipends to help cover the costs of caring for the children. In our prior audit report 96-S-2, we found that local social services districts often did not adequately screen adoptive parents and may not have taken adequate steps to ensure that the children were still in the care of the adopted parents. We also identified weaknesses in the procedures used to recruit adoptive parents and make prospective parents aware of all the children in need of adoption. In our follow-up review, we found progress has been made in implementing the recommendations contained in our prior report although more action is still required to make the system more effective.

For a complete copy of Report 98-F-27 click here.