The draft of Ohio’s revised Title IV-E adoption assistance rules are still in clearance as of April 26, 2008. The Adoption Services Section at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is waiting for responses on policy questions submitted to federal authorities before moving forward. The responses are expected soon.
After receiving the policy conclusion from Washington, the Adoption Services Section will respond to the public comments on the draft rules and establish a working group to complete another version before the rules are scheduled for a public hearing. I expect to serve on the working group. Please express any concerns about the Title IV-E adoption assistance rules to my e-mail address at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will pass them on to the working group.
You can follow to progress of the adoption assistance rules by going to the ODJFS web site at http://jfs.ohio.gov//. Click on Adoption. Click on Site Index. Click on Clearances. Look on the left side of the page and click on Public Hearing Notices and Rule Publications. Click on http://www.registerofohio.state.oh.us/ at the top of the page. Click on Upcoming Hearings of Proposed Rules and look under Job and Families Services, Social Services.