Nevada Domestic Relations
Sec. § 127.186
Adoption of child with special needs; financial assistance to adoptive parents under certain circumstances; waiver of court costs of adoptive parents; regulations.


1.

The agency which provides child welfare services or a child-placing agency licensed by the Division pursuant to this chapter may consent to the adoption of a child under 18 years of age with special needs due to race, age or physical or mental problems who is in the custody of the agency which provides child welfare services or the licensed agency by proposed adoptive parents when, in the judgment of the agency which provides child welfare services or the child-placing agency, it would be in the best interests of the child to be placed in that adoptive home.

2.

The agency which provides child welfare services or child-placing agency, whichever has custody of the child, shall in a timely and diligent manner:

(a)

Schedule any evaluations necessary to identify any special needs the child may have.

(b)

If it determines that the child has any special needs:

(1)

Notify the proposed adoptive parents:
(I) That they may be eligible for a grant of financial assistance pursuant to this section; and
(II) The manner in which to apply for such financial assistance; and

(2)

Assist the proposed adoptive parents in applying for and satisfying any other prerequisites necessary to obtain a grant of financial assistance pursuant to this section and any other relevant subsidies and services which may be available.

3.

The agency which provides child welfare services may grant financial assistance for attorney’s fees in the adoption proceeding, for maintenance and for preexisting physical or mental conditions to the adoptive parents of a child with special needs out of money provided for that purpose if the head of the agency which provides child welfare services or his or her designee has reviewed and approved in writing the grant of financial assistance.

4.

The grant of financial assistance must be limited, both as to amount and duration, by agreement in writing between the agency which provides child welfare services and the adoptive parents. Such an agreement must not become effective before the entry of the order of adoption.

5.

Any grant of financial assistance must be reviewed and evaluated at least once annually by the agency which provides child welfare services. The evaluation must be presented for approval to the head of the agency which provides child welfare services or his or her designee. Financial assistance must be discontinued immediately upon written notification to the adoptive parents by the agency which provides child welfare services that continued assistance is denied.

6.

All financial assistance provided under this section ceases immediately when the child attains majority, becomes self-supporting, is emancipated or dies, whichever occurs first.

7.

Neither a grant of financial assistance pursuant to this section nor any discontinuance of such assistance affects the legal status or respective obligations of any party to the adoption.

8.

A court shall waive all court costs of the proposed adoptive parents in an adoption proceeding for a child with special needs if the agency which provides child welfare services or child-placing agency consents to the adoption of such a child pursuant to this section.

9.

The Division, in consultation with each agency which provides child welfare services, shall adopt regulations regarding eligibility for and the procedures for applying for a grant of financial assistance pursuant to this section.
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