State won't grant subsidy and threatened to take the kids!
We are adopting 3 children from the state of Alabama. The kids have been with us for 2 and a half years. It is an intellectually impaired teen and her 2 children(ages2,4). The caseworker told us today that we can't get subsidy for any the children, despite the fact that the teen is still in school and will be until she turns 21(sp.ed. classroom). And the 2 yr old has had 6 seizures and is now on meds for them, and the 4 yr old as had two seizures, and we're still working with her doctors on getting meds started. Both the babies are half Hispanic.
We were told today that their office got in trouble for not having the adoptions done yet. They have been free for adoption for almost 18 months. The delay exists solely due to the kids' caseworker not doing whatever paperwork she was supposed to do so the adoption could start. We finally got the ball rolling by contacting an adoption lawyer ourselves to get the paperwork started. Well, the caseworker told us how her supervisor yelled at her about it taking so long, and she told us that if the children's adoptions aren't done within the next 2 weeks, that she would be moving all three of the children to another placement. This delay was not our fault, we have done everything they asked of us. How can they just threaten to take our children away like that for no reason?
On top of it, even if by some miracle we can get a court date soon enough, the caseworker told us we can't get subsidy; not even Medicaid. How can they deny that these are special need kids? I even printed out the adoption statutes to show the worker to prove the kids qualify, but they are refusing to grant us anything! What do we do? Who do we talk to about this? I'm so scared they are going to take these kids! Anyone out there who can offer me advice?