829 TITLE IV-E FOSTER CARE AND ADOPTION ASSISTANCE
Title IV-E is a section of the Social Security Act, which addresses federal payments for foster care and adoption assistance. In Alaska, the Office of Children's Services Division (OCS Office of Children's Services) determines a child's eligibility for Title IV-E Foster Care and Title IV-E Adoption Assistance. OCS Office of Children's Services is responsible for making sure a child meets all criteria before being enrolled as a Title IV-E recipient, and the financial determination that is based on AFDC Aid to Families with Dependent Children policy in effect on July 16, 1996. The rules for determining Title IV-E eligibility are found in the AFDC Aid to Families with Dependent Children Manual Section 395.
The State of Alaska may approve tribal entities to access Title IV-E funding to pay for foster care in tribally licensed homes. Below are a list of tribes in Alaska authorized to determine a tribal foster child's eligibility for Title IV-E funding;
• Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.
• Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
• Tanana Chiefs Conference
• Association Village Council Presidents
• Maniilaq Association
• Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc.
• Kawerak, Inc.
• Bristol Bay Native Association
• Nome Eskimo Community (MOU w/Kawerak 2006)
• Orutsaramiut Native Council
Children for whom a Title IV-E adoption assistance agreement is in effect and children who receive Title IV-E foster care payments are eligible for Medicaid if they meet the Medicaid requirements of enumeration, assignment of rights, U.S. United States citizenship or qualified alien status, and Citizenship Status Declaration (CSD).
A child in a state-only adoption assistance agreement (not a Title IV-E adoption assistance agreement) may be eligible for Medicaid. See section 830.
829 A. TITLE IV-E ELIGIBILITY CATEGORIES
Title IV-E Adoption Assistance: This group includes all children for whom a Title IV-E subsidized adoption agreement is in effect, whether or not an adoption assistance payment is being made or a judicial decree of adoption has been issued.
Title IV-E Foster Care: This group includes all children who receive Title IV-E foster care maintenance payments.
829 B. RESIDENCY
The state of residence for these children is the state where the child lives, even if the adoption assistance agreement or foster care payment originates from another state. Verification of Title IV-E eligibility from the originating state may be provided by the foster or adoptive parents or by the originating state's Title IV-E agency. If a child in the custody of OCS Office of Children's Services is not Title IV-E eligible and the child is placed out of state in a foster home or institution, that child remains a resident of Alaska for Medicaid purposes.
829 C. RESPONSIBILITY TO APPLY
OCS Office of Children's Services administers the Title IV-E program in Alaska and is responsible for applying for and processing Medicaid for these children, cooperating with CSSD Child Support Services Division, for those Title IV-E subsidized adoption and foster care cases under their jurisdiction, including foster care cases originating out-of-state. Foster care cases originating out of state will be handled by OCS Office of Children's Services under the terms of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) agreement. OCS Office of Children's Services will also apply for and process Medicaid for children with Title IV-E assistance who are not incarcerated but under the guardianship of DJJ Division of Juvenile Justice. If the child is incarcerated, follow manual section 815 D (1).
For children under Title IV-E and state-only adoption assistance agreements originating in other states, the adoptive parents are responsible for applying and providing necessary information and verifications from the other state, including a copy of the adoption assistance agreement. Application would be made on the Gen 50C Application for Services, but the parental income would not be considered.
829 D. RENEWAL OF ELIGIBILITY
Title IV-E adoption assistance cases must be renewed at least once every 12 months. A renewal is not required; verification that the adoption assistance agreement remains in effect is considered sufficient. Foster Care cases are renewed every 6 months along with the OCS Office of Children's Services Title IV-B case renewal.
The social worker is responsible for notifying the OCS Office of Children's Services eligibility caseworker between renewal periods if a Title IV-E Foster Care or Title IV-E Adoption Assistance child has a change in status that affects the child's eligibility for Title IV-E assistance.
829 E. CHANGING FROM TITLE IV-E FOSTER CARE TO ADOPTION ASSISTANCE
Occasionally a Title IV-E Foster Care child will become a Title IV-E Adoption Assistance child. When this occurs, the OCS Office of Children's Services regional IV-E designee will inform the ET Eligibility Technician of the change in status. The Adoption Coordinator supplies a copy of the subsidized adoption agreement. (The adoption does not need to be final for the child's status to change; a signed adoption agreement in effect is all that is required.)
The ET Eligibility Technician must take action to:
change the Medicaid subtype and eligibility codes;
set the renewal date to coincide with the subsidized adoption renewal;
ensure that the Medicaid benefit address is that of the adoptive parents; and
ensure that the notice/renewal mailing address is that of OCS Office of Children's Services central office.
829 F. CONTACT INFORMATION
Title IV-E foster care cases should have the local OCS Office of Children's Services office's mailing address entered in the eligibility system so they will receive all notices and renewals. Upon request, Medicaid coupons may also be mailed to the foster parents.
Title IV-E adoption assistance cases will use the OCS Office of Children's Services central office address:
Office of Children's Services
Adoption Program Coordinator
PO Box 110630
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0630