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The Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 established a program of adoption assistance, strengthened the program of foster care assistance for needy and dependent children, and improved the child welfare, social services, and aid to families with dependent children programs. The Act required States to make adoption assistance payments, which take into account the circumstances of the adopting parents and the child, to parents who adopt a child who is AFDC-eligible and is a child with special needs.
The Act defines a child with special needs as a child who:
Adoption assistance is intended to help or remove financial or other barriers to the adoption of Colorado children with special needs by providing assistance to the parent(s) in caring for and raising the child. Financial support and/or services are provided to adoptive parent(s) in certain defined and limited ways to meet the needs of an eligible adopted child. at a minimum if a family receives adoption assistance from a county the adopted child is eligible for Medicaid. Colorado operates two adoption assistance programs: the Title IV-E program and non-Title IV-E adoption assistance. See CDHS Volume 7 Rule - CCR 7.306.4 for detailed information regarding eligibility .
Target groups for adoption assistance agreements are:
Each county human services department determines the type of adoption assistance and eligibility in accordance with state and federal regulations. For more information regarding a county's specific policy regarding adoption assistance.
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Colorado ReWorks is a massive policy change to the Colorado Works program that simplified and streamlined eligibility determination and delivery of TANF benefits to eligible families. It is the culmination of five years of research and progressive policy changes to simplify and streamline Colorado Works. Fully implemented in July 2013, Colorado ReWorks both supports our customers by providing more stable benefits and reduces county rework in reestablishing households’ eligibility every month, when the vast majority of cases report no changes. For more information on the changes, please review the following documents:
Colorado's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) State Plan is now available:
For more information about Colorado's State Plan, please contact:
Colorado Department of Human Services
Employment and Benefits Division
1575 Sherman St., 3rd Floor
For further information, please contact:
D. Marty Esquibel
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