Sunday, July 19, 2015

Chapter 2, A Slight Change in Federal Financial Participation for Adoption Assistance



NEXT Chapter 3 will address Appeals and Hearings.  It will probably begin sometime in November, 2014.





Family, Children and Adult Services Procedure Letter (FCASPL) No. 272, issued by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services ODJFS on September 15, 2014, announced a change in federal financial participation (FFP) payment rates for federal Title IV-E Adoption Assistance and Foster Care Maintenance Payment rates.  The new FFP rates for Federal Fiscal Year 2015, extending from October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015 will be 62.64%.  This rate is slightly lower than the 63.02% rate for Federal Fiscal Year 2014.  The non-federal state and county financial participation rates rose from 36.97% in 2014 to $37.36% for Federal Fiscal 2015


As readers will recall, the first portion of a federal Title IV-E Adoption Assistance payment of up to $250 per month is covered entirely by federal and state funds.  The county is responsible for the non-federal portion of any adoption assistance payment over $250 up to the child’s foster care payment rate.


The following examples illustrate to the distribution of funding regarding Title IV-E Adoption Assistance payments.


A Monthly Adoption Assistance Payment of $500 per Month


An adoption assistance payment of $500 would be funded as follows

Financial  
Participation
Federal
(62.64%)
State
(37.36%)
County
(37.36%)
First $250
$156.60
$94.40
$0
Remaining
$250
$156.60
$0
$94.40
$500
$313.20
$94.40
$94.40



A Monthly Adoption Assistance Payment of $1,000 per Month


 A monthly adoption assistance payment of $1,000 would break down as follows with respect to financial participation.

Financial 
Participation
Federal
(62.64%)
State
(37.36%)
County
(37.36%)
First $250
$156.60
$94.40
$0
Remaining
$750
$469.80
$0
$280.20
$1,000
$626.40
 $94.40
$280.20