|(a) We must receive your signed adoption assistance
agreement before you finalize the adoption. After you finalize the
adoption, you can get reimbursement from us for your nonrecurring
expenses. These expenses are defined as reasonable and necessary adoption
fees, court costs, attorney fees, and "other expenses" that are directly
related to the legal adoption of your child.
(b) Other expenses include the costs of adoption incurred
by you or by someone else who you must reimburse. Examples of these
expenses, when necessary to complete the adoption process, include
the adoption home study, health and psychological examinations, supervision
of the adoptive placement, transportation and reasonable costs of
lodging and food for you or your child.
(c) We must receive your claim for reimbursement no
later than 18 months after the adoption is finalized. A claim for
reimbursement received later than 18 months after the adoption is
finalized may be referred to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
for processing as a miscellaneous claim. If your right to reimbursement
is authorized by a DFPS hearing order after the adoption is final,
we must receive your claim as soon as possible.
(d) You must submit your receipts or other proof of
payment, such as cancelled checks, and a certified copy of the Decree
of Adoption. You are reimbursed only for expenses actually incurred
that are not reimbursable by a third party. For adoption assistance
agreements signed prior to August 1, 2012, the maximum amount that
you can receive as reimbursement for nonrecurring expenses is $1500
per child. For adoption assistance agreements signed on or after August
1, 2012, the maximum amount that you can receive as reimbursement
for nonrecurring expenses is $1200 per child.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §700.850 adopted to be effective July 12, 2001, 26 TexReg 5061; amended to be effective September 1, 2007, 32 TexReg 5388; amended to be effective March 1, 2010, 35 TexReg 875; amended to be effective June 1, 2012, 37 TexReg 3738; amended to be effective January 19, 2017, 42 TexReg 84