Introduced by Representatives Nitka of Ludlow, Chen of Mendon, Flory of Pittsford, Grad of Moretown, Kainen of Hartford, Kennedy of Chelsea, O'Donnell of Vernon and Shand of Weathersfield
Subject: Domestic relations; adoption; interstate compact on adoption and medical assistance
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to authorize the department for children and family services to enter into interstate agreements with agencies of other states to provide for medical and other necessary services for special needs children for whom adoption assistance is being provided; establish procedures for interstate delivery of adoption assistance and related services and benefits; and provide for the adoption of related regulations.
AN ACT RELATING TO INTERSTATE COMPACTS ON ADOPTION AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Article 8. Interstate Compacts on Adoption
and Medical Assistance
As used in this article:
The general assembly finds that adoptions of children with special needs are especially difficult to accomplish, and may not be arranged unless the prospective adoptive parents can be provided with assured financial or other assistance. The general assembly also recognizes that when the prospective adoptive parents live in or move to states other than the one responsible for providing the adoption assistance, a mechanism for interstate cooperation is necessary. Therefore, the department for children and family services is authorized to negotiate and enter into interstate agreements with agencies of other states for the provision of medical assistance and other services for children with special needs on behalf of whom adoption assistance is being provided by the department.
A compact entered into pursuant to this article shall include the following:
(1) A provision making it available for joinder by all states.
(2) A provision for withdrawal from the compact upon written notice to the parties, but with a period of one year between the date of the notice and the effective date of the withdrawal.
Consistent with federal law, the secretary of the office of Vermont health access, in connection with the administration of this article and any compact pursuant to this article, shall include in any state plan made pursuant to applicable federal law the provision of adoption assistance and medical assistance for which the federal government pays part or all of the cost. The department shall apply for and administer all relevant federal aid in accordance with law.
The secretary of the office of Vermont health access shall designate a compact administrator who shall have authority to develop rules to be adopted to effectuate the terms and provisions of compacts entered into under the authority of this article. The compact administrator shall maintain records of all compacts and related agreements entered into under the authority of this article.
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