HARRISBURG – By a unanimous vote, the House today advanced legislation sponsored by Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams) that would enable adoptive families to appeal the amount of the state subsidy provided to them by their county Children and Youth Services agency.
“The Adoption Opportunities Act provides adoption subsidies for families who adopt a child or children, but in situations in which the adoption placement is difficult due to a physical or mental disability or other extenuating circumstances, the normal subsidy may be insufficient for the proper care of the child. My legislation would remedy this,” said Moul.
House Bill 2213
would enable families who have adopted a child with a mental or physical handicap; severe emotional disturbance; an older child; siblings; or a different ethnicity; to appeal their adoption subsidy to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. The subsidy may cover maintenance, medical, surgical and psychological expenses, and other costs stemming from the adoption.
“Adoptive children with special needs require special care and services,” said Moul. “Current law does not provide a mechanism whereby adoptive families can ask for additional funding to provide appropriate care for the special needs child or children they adopt. My bill would do this.”
Moul sponsored the same legislation earlier this session, which won overwhelming approval in the General Assembly before it was included in the Welfare Code to last year’s budget and vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf. House Bill 2213 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Representative Dan Moul
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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