Quarterly Notes

…from Sharon Vaughn Consulting

Volume 2, Issue 4 Home Study Touchpoint:
Narrating Difficult Experiences When writing an adoption home study, it is often necessary to discuss untoward experiences an applicant has had. Subjects may include history of physical or sexual abuse, use of pornography or alcohol, criminal activity etc. It is important to fully narrate what happened as well as to discuss the intervening events that helped the applicant to resolve their circumstance (what has happened that reduces the risk of their repeating what they experienced). Those intervening events are the mitigating factors and their inclusion is crucial to assessment. Discussing the following will help ensure that difficult subjects are adequately addressed in the home study:      What happened (duration and reason it stopped) When did it happen How did the applicant respond to the event(s) What did the applicant do to resolve the issue What indicators lead to the belief that the event won’t be repeated

December 2012

Reminders
Quarterly Statistical Reports Due Statistical reports are now due for Quarter 4 of 2012. All reports need to be submitted to CDSS by January 30, 2013, for the period ending December 30th. Reports can either be faxed or mailed to the address provided on the form. http://www.cdss.ca.gov/cdssweb/entres/forms/English/ AD56A.pdf

PAARP Reconciliations due For all agencies who claimed PAARP funds for 2012: It is now time to submit actual numbers for the adoptions completed in 2012. The following link will guide you to the forms needed, in order to complete this process timely. http://www.childsworld.ca.gov/PG1885.htm If you need help with claiming reimbursement for completed adoptions, or with completing PAARP documents please feel free to contact me. *** Important Information for Adoptive Families***

Helpful Hints:

Answering all of the above questions will help to provide an accurate assessment of the applicant’s suitability to raise an adopted child.

Sharon Vaughn Consulting
adoptionsconsulting@gmail.com  Providing adoption expertise to dually licensed foster/adoption agencies  Helping to optimize and shorten the timeframe for providing dual-prep certification  Offering a proven system to identify funding sources for adoption  Brings an in-depth knowledge of adoptions and child protective service polices/procedures  CEU provider for LCSWs and LMFTs P.O. Box 1113 Lomita, CA 90717 (310) 742-3553 office (562) 206-5507 cell

Please encourage all families, who are awaiting adoption finalization, to obtain an Adoption Tax Identification Number (AITN) in order to claim their adoptive children on their taxes for 2012. The ATIN substitutes for a social security number for a child who is in the process of adoption. The number must be requested before an adoption is finalized. Below are links to the form to request an ATIN and to a Q&A, about ATIN, on the IRS site. http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw7a.pdf http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Adoption-TaxpayerIdentification-Number

If you would like to schedule in-house training for your agency staff please contact Sharon Vaughn. Training can be tailored to meet your specific needs. In addition, CEUS are available for your licensed staff.

adoptionsconsulting@gmail.com

(310) 742-3553

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