Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

13.45.4 Post Adoption Child Support

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection and Permanency
Standards of Practice Online Manual
Chapter 13-Adoption Services
13.45.4 Post Adoption Child Support

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Legal Authority/Introduction



The SSW: 

  1. Recommends to the appropriate contracting official (i.e. county attorney, special prosecutor or friend of the court) and presiding judge that a child support obligation not be established except as specified in this SOP, procedure #3 (below), when a child with special needs is adopted from DCBS and again enters custody of DCBS after the adoption;
  2. Attaches a memo to the children’s benefits worker (CBW) noting that child support should not be pursued when good cause exists (see Practice Guidance for an explanation of “good cause”);
  3. Sends a request to establish child support through their family services office supervisor (FSOS) to the Division of Protection and Permanency (DPP) director for a final decision regarding the recommendation to establish a child support obligation for the adoptive parent(s) in situations involving physical abuse, neglect or abandonment.

The CBW:

  1. Forwards the DSS-1260 Title IV-E and Child Support Referral and the memo recommending that child support not be pursued to the local Division of Child Support.

Practice Guidance

  • Examples of good cause include:
    • The child presents a danger to themselves and/or the family;
    • The family has exhausted community resources in their attempt to address the child’s problematic behavior; or
    • The child has entered care due to receiving Post Adoption Placement Stabilization Services (PAPSS) beyond the ninety (90) calendar days allowed by 922 KAR 1:530 Post-Adoption Placement Stabilization Services.


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