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Hello. I am new to this board and am from North Carolina. We adopted an older child about 5 years ago and had a signed adoption assistance agreement. By federal law, the adoption assistance agreement is considered a contract which can only be amended if both parties agree. When we adopted our daughter, the county DSS agreed that she was eligible for vendor payments of $2400.00 per year. Vendor payments are an adoption assistance subsidy here in NC. Anyway, we've been finding out that NC has been changing the conditions for how we can access the vendor payments and making it more difficult to almost impossible to access them. What I'm curious about are there any other parents in NC that are having this same problem? And if so, what have you done or been told?
 

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I hate to tell the "NO" county, but if they are changing your adoption contract, they are in violation of federal and state law. And if they haven't given you the right to appeal their decision they are violating your US and NC right to due process. I can't even begin to tell you how many other laws have been broken regarding this. The kicker is that they are making these changes outside of the law and not informing families of this. And would you like for me to tell you how I know this?

Here is a quick run down of what we've been through in the past 3 years regarding fighting a "NO" county for vendor payments for our daughter:

2 Local level appeal hearings

2 State Level appeal hearings

1 Oral Argument at the NC Hearing and Appeals in Raleigh

1 Judicial Review in front of a Superior Court Judge with our attorney fighting against the NC Attorney General and County Attorney.

Guess what...The Superior Court Judge rendered a judgement against NCDHHS and our county and we now have a Superior Court Order.

The fact is, they are just trying to save money, but they are violating the law and hurting families in the end.

Feel free to contact me if I can help anyone. What is being done, is just wrong. Worse yet, it is unlawful.
 

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Cutlermarie, congrats to you on filing an appeal. If you need any help, trust me, I have been through several and understand how they operate, please feel free to email me and I will do my best to help you.
 

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If I can help you in anyway, please let me know. This entire process really depends on your adoption assistance agreement and the dates thereof.

Feel free to email here on the forum.
 
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