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Summer Food Service Program participants must repay disallowances using non-SFSP funds.

Topic: Early Care & Learning, Decided by Judge Walker-Russell 
Docket Number: 1653326 , Decision Date: 2016-07-25 
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The Petitioner, a participant in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), was required to repay a debt to SFSP after the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) discovered that it exceeded its state-approved budget for store purchases.  DECAL subsequently sought to disqualify the Petitioner [..] Read More..

Adoption assistance not available to college student placed on adoptive status at age 3.

Topic: Public Assistance, Decided by Judge Walker-Russell 
Docket Number: 1647700 , Decision Date: 2016-07-06 
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A child must be placed on adoptive status at age 13 or older in order to receive Adoption Assistance benefits while attending college after he or she reaches age 18.  Accordingly, Petitioner could not continue to receive Adoption Assistance benefits after her child turned 18 [..] Read More..

Records authored by child support obligor are insufficient evidence of payment.

Topic: Child Support, Decided by Judge Walker-Russell 
Docket Number: 1629767 , Decision Date: 2016-06-01 
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Copies of receipts written by a child support obligor to herself could not serve to corroborate her testimony that she made timely payments of child support.

Adopted child entitled to continued assistance lost due to agency’s failure to inform.

Topic: Public Assistance, Decided by Judge Walker-Russell 
Docket Number: ***** , Decision Date: 2015-08-18 
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An agency representative failed to advise adoptive parents of a twelve-year-old child that signing the adoption agreement before the child turned thirteen precluded the child from accessing continued benefits in the event she attended college after she turned eighteen.  This non-disclosure departed from the agency’s [..] Read More..

Agency must submit adoption assistance application prior to transfer of custody.

Topic: Public Assistance, Decided by Judge Walker-Russell 
Docket Number: 1613786 , Decision Date: 2015-11-23 
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The Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) failed to apply for adoption assistance prior to transferring custody of two children to their adoptive parent.  As a result, the prerequisite that an adoption assistance agreement be in place prior to finalization of adoption was not [..] Read More..

Must provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.

Topic: Public Assistance, Decided by Judge Walker-Russell 
Docket Number: ***** , Decision Date: 2014-08-12 
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The Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) failed to comply with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act—which requires public entities to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities—when it failed to extend an application renewal deadline to an individual suffering from schizophrenia [..] Read More..

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