Adoptive parent entitled to adoption assistance benefits denied due to agency error.

Topic: Human Services, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: 1518237 , Decision Date: 2015-01-14 
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Petitioner, the adoptive parent of two children, was denied adoption assistance benefits because a caseworker failed to submit a timely application on her behalf and, consequently, no adoption assistance agreement was in place prior to finalization of adoption.  The caseworker’s error constituted an extenuating circumstance [..] Read More..

Department’s failure to provide Deferred Adoption Assistance Agreement upon request before adoption justified entry into agreement after adoption.

Topic: Human Services, Decided by Judge Walker-Russell 
Docket Number: 1447468 , Decision Date: 2014-05-14 
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The Department of Human Services denied Petitioners, adoptive parents, entry into a Deferred Adoption Assistance Agreement, because the agreement was not entered into before the finalization of the adoption.  However, the Petitioners requested the agreement before the adoption was finalized, and the Department’s failure to [..] Read More..

Petitioner’s offense does not preclude him from working for child-placing agency where mitigating factors shown.

Topic: Human Services, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: 1429390 , Decision Date: 2014-02-17 
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Respondent’s action precluding Petitioner’s employment by a licensed child-placing agency reversed where Petitioner’s offense occurred nearly five years ago, involved no physical harm to a victim, and examination of Petitioner’s behavior and employment history since the offense demonstrated that he did not have a propensity [..] Read More..

Tax intercept unlawful where obligor has not defaulted on child support order.

Topic: Human Services, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 1335964 , Decision Date: 2013-05-08 
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The Division of Child Support Services (“CSS”) cannot intercept a child support obligor’s tax return where support payments are not “past due.”  A payment is not past due unless the non-custodial parent is delinquent on court-ordered payments.  While Petitioner owed a lump sum of $20,000 [..] Read More..

State failed to provide proper advance notice.

Topic: Human Services, Decided by Judge Walker-Russell 
Docket Number: ******* , Decision Date: 2013-03-29 
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An adoptive parent appealed the Department of Human Services’ decision to deny Title IV-B Adoption Assistance benefits for her two “special needs” children, whom she adopted from the State foster care system. In terminating these benefits without thirty days’ written notice, the Department violated a [..] Read More..

Non-custodial parent’s state licenses suspended for failure to pay $21,417.08 in child support.

Topic: Human Services, Decided by Judge Schroer 
Docket Number: ******* , Decision Date: 2013-02-08 
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Petitioner, who has only been sporadically employed since 2007, has consistently failed to meet his child support obligations, despite multiple contempt orders. Even in light of his financial struggles, Petitioner did not show he is unable to pay child support. The judge thus affirmed the [..] Read More..

Petitioner eligible to work in child care facility.

Topic: Human Services, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: 1329912 , Decision Date: 2013-03-14 
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Petitioner’s position at a group home for teen mothers was suspended due to an unsatisfactory criminal background check. The Judge allowed Petitioner to work in a child care facility after finding that she does not have a propensity for cruel behavior.