(a)  The county department of social services having legal placement responsibility for a child shall submit an application for payment of service fees to the Division of Social Services.  .

(b)  The application shall provide documentation of the following:

(1)           that the agency making application has legal placement and consenting authority for the child;

(2)           that the child is legally cleared for adoption;

(3)           that the child is one who is considered hard to place due to such factors as:

(A)          age;

(B)          race;

(C)          physical, mental, or emotional handicap; and

(D)          being a member of a sibling group; and

(4)           that the child is registered on the North Carolina Adoption Resource Exchange.

(c)  To the extent funds are available, the Division of Social Services shall approve the payment of an adoption service fee and shall notify the county in writing of this approval.

(d)  The county department of social services shall send the Division of Social Services a copy of the purchase of service agreement negotiated with the out‑of‑state provider and shall notify the Division of the dates payments are due.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 143B‑153;

Eff. March 23, 1981;

Amended Eff. October 1, 2008; July 1, 1991; June 1, 1990.