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8.2B.11  TITLE IV-E, Adoption Assistance Program, Eligibility, Special needs

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Question 1.  
Please explain the requirements for special needs determinations.
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Question 2.  
In establishing title IV-E eligibility for adoption assistance, is termination of parental rights the only mechanism for demonstrating that a child cannot or should not be returned home?
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Question 3.  
In determining whether an applicable child who is a special needs child is eligible for title IV-E adoption assistance through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pathway, may a title IV-E agency make the determination that the child meets the medical or disability requirements for SSI benefits? (See section 473(a)(2)(A)(ii)(I)(bb) of the Social Security Act).
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Question 4.  
An applicable child must meet sections 473(c)(2)(A), (B) and (C) of the Social Security Act (the Act) in order to be considered a child with special needs for the adoption assistance program. Must a title IV-E agency┐s definition of a child with special needs include the criteria in section 473(c)(2)(B)(ii) of the Act ┐ that the applicable child meets all the medical or disability requirements of title XVI?
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