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Home modification reimbursement instructions

The Adoption Assistance Program may reimburse costs incurred for home modification. Home modification is limited to modifications to meet a child's special needs upon which eligibility for adoption assistance was approved. Reimbursement is limited to once every five years, per child. Home modifications include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Wheelchair ramps
  • Handrail and grab bars
  • Accessible shower
  • Elevated bathtubs and toilets
  • Widened doorways
  • Shatterproof windows
  • Blinking lights and tactile alarms as alternate warning systems
  • Lowered kitchen work surfaces
  • Modified cabinets and sinks that provide wheelchair space
  • Handles and hoses for showerheads
  • Door hinge replacements
  • Lifting devices
  • Special communication devices that enable caregivers not immediately present to monitor and respond to a child
  • Air conditioning required due to a child's medical condition
  • Special covers, such as Plexiglas, for appliances, windows, fireplaces and radiators required to protect a child
  • Door opening devices
  • Fence

You must obtain prior authorization from the Adoption Assistance Program. The following documentation is required before prior authorization can be granted:

  • A letter from you with the following information:
    • Name of child for whom property modification is requested
    • Name of adoptive parent(s)
    • Adoptive parents' address, phone number and email address
    • Description of the property modification
    • A short description about your child's special needs, and why the modification is necessary
  • A letter from a medical professional stating how the property modification will meet your child's special needs
  • A denial letter from the social service agency in your county stating that you have been denied services for the home modification, and the reason for the denial
  • Two detailed bids for the property modification.

The Adoption Assistance Program will not grant prior authorization, and property modification reimbursement will be denied, without the above information.

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