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8.5C  Guardianship Assistance Program, Payments

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Question 1.  
May a title IV-E agency operating a Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP) set a different payment ceiling for payments under the GAP than it sets for the Adoption Assistance Program?

Question 2.  
For the Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP), does a title IV-E agency have the flexibility to establish a cap on specific components (e.g., attorney fees) of the nonrecurring expenses that it must pay in connection with obtaining legal guardianship of the child?

Question 3.  
If a relative guardian moves to another country on a temporary or permanent basis with the child for whom he/she is the guardian, would the relative guardian still be eligible to receive title IV-E Guardianship Assistance Program payments directly on behalf of the child?

Question 4.  
May a title IV-E agency make a title IV-E guardianship assistance payment directly to a youth age 18 or older?

Question 5.  
Must a title IV-E agency discontinue title IV-E guardianship assistance payments provided per section 475(8)(B) of the Act for a youth age 18 or older if the title IV-E agency determines that the youth is no longer meeting the education or employment criteria or is no longer incapable of meeting any of these criteria due to a medical condition, as elected by the title IV-E agency?

(New 08/27/2015)

Question 6.  
Are title IV-E agencies required to pay non-recurring expenses associated with obtaining legal guardianship of the child on behalf of the successor guardian?



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