AAICAMA—2012 Centennial Adoption Excellence Award Recipient
AAICAMA Releases Report to the States 2010, 2011
AAICAMA released its report to the states on its financial status, activities, accomplishments, and planned activites for 2013.
To read the report go to:
Report to the States 2010, 2011
Connie Vigil, ICAMA Administrator, Colorado, Presents at AEA Conference
Connie Vigil presented on ICAMA-AAICAMA and Technology to the participants at the Adoption Exchange Association conference on May 1st.
AAICAMA would like to thank Connie for her gifts of time and effort in preparing for the meeting.
To view Connie's presentation, go to: ICAMA-AAICAMA and Technology
AAICAMA Meeting—ICAMA — Effective Nationwide
AAICAMA held its 2013 National Meeting in Denver, Colorado. Twenty five states, ten California and seven Colorado counties were represented.
The three day meeting presented participants with topics ranging from Training in the administration of the ICAMA to the resources available through the Child Welfare Information Gateway.
Below is a brief summary of the sessions and links to materials if provided.
SUNDAY, May 5th
- Training—ICAMA Administration
This training provided an overview of the importance of the ICAMA, its protections, and how it enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of state practice. The ICAMA 7.02 and ICAMA 7.02b, now available in Spanish, were introduced.
- What’s Adoption Competency and Where Can I Find It?
This training presented the key elements of adoption competent services for child welfare agencies and community service providers. The process of developing adoption certification programs for mental health professionals was outlined, and the capacity building services and resources available from the National Resource Center for Adoption were highlighted.
Maureen Heffernan, Consultant, National Resource Center for Adoption
- AAICAMA Database—What’s Coming and What’s on the Horizon
The value of databases and an outline the planned reports were given. States learned how the data collected can be used and what additional reports can be developed.
Tom Simmons, BlueIron Network
- Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) — Opportunities for Medical Coverage of Children with Special Needs
MONDAY, May 6th
- Kinship Care: A State Perspective on Finding Permanency for Children in Care
Presenters spoke about the programs for kin and relatives that have been developed across Colorado, with a focus on permanency for these families and the different ways that it can be obtained for the children in their care.
Mary Griffin, Foster Care and Kinship Foster Care Program Administrator, CO
Jeannie Berzinskas, Non-Certified Kinship Program Administrator, CO
Constance Vigil, Adoption Program Administrator, CO
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Programs and Implications for Child Welfare
States were provided with an overview of SSI eligibility to help increase understanding of this program, its benefits, the eligibility criteria and its impact on receipt of Medicaid for eligible children.
Nicole Tiggeman, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration
- Services for Children Under 21— Utah
Utah’s ICAMA administrator discussed Utah policy for residential services to adoption assistance eligible children in interstate cases. States were given information to help ensure understanding by state staff and families.
Jeri Boyle, ICAMA Deputy Compact Administrator, UT
TUESDAY, May 7th
- Training—ICAMA 700 Series Forms Part 1
In-depth training was provided on accessing, completing and submitting the ICAMA 700 series forms via AAICAMA’s website and a HPAA compliant server.
Tom Simmons, BlueIron Network
- The Changing Kinship Landscape—Implications for AAICAMA
This session discussed the latest issues on kinship diversion, improved kinship licensing and training and other critical opportunities and challenges, including a recent Minnesota Supreme Court case focusing on interstate procedures.
Mary Bissell, J.D, Child and Family Policy Expert, Co-Founder of ChildFocus
- Child Welfare Information Gateway (CWIG)—Resources, Mental Health, Immigration
CWIG promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the general public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more. The Gateway provides access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice, including resources that can be shared with families. States learned about the resources available on the Gateway and how to access them.
Gateway Quick Links
Gateway Publications List
Mary Sullivan, Officer in Charge, Child Welfare Information Gateway
Phyllis Charles, Adoption Program Manager, Child Welfare Information Gateway
REMEMBER: costs associated with attendance at the AAICAMA meeting are subject to FFP. (Federal Financial Participation)
If you have questions, please contact:
Robyn Bockweg at: email@example.com.
AAICAMA Begins IDs (User Names) and Password Implementation
for Access to the Series 700 Form
ICAMA members have received an outline of the process for assigning access to the ICAMA 700 series form.
Below are a few of the questions we've received about this process:
- Each state will determine who will have access to the ICAMA 700 series form States can have as many IDs (user names) and passwords as they require.
- Each state will designate one person, by ICAMA title, who will be responsible for keeping track of the IDs(user names) and passwords. This designee will be the contact point for the secretariat.
- All passwords must be HIPAA compliant.
- AAICAMA will schedule training webinars before the use of the 700 series form is required.
- A trial-time period will be available to the states before the use of the ICAMA 700 series form is required. No data will be collected during this time.
States are asked to completed the Designee/ID (user name) form by April 17, 2013.
To read the ICAMA 700 Form memorandum click here.
If you have questions, please contact: Robyn Bockweg at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
OMB* Approves Funding for ICPC Automated System
The pilot, approved for at least 5 states implements real-time, on-line data exchange for States to share records and other information to support permanent placements of foster care children in homes across state lines.
States currently use paper-based processes to share and exchange case files, information, and evaluations, as well as collect, track, synthesize and report comprehensive data. The pilot evaluation will measure timeliness of communication, expeditious exchange of case documentation and similar immediate outcomes as well as utilization and adherence to streamlined ICPC processes. Results, which will be included in a final public report, will inform further adoption of the system across states.
*Office of Management and Budget
Adoption Tax Credit Permanent
The expiration of the Adoption Tax Credit at the end of 2012 would have removed an important financial incentive for families adopting from foster care.
Passage of the permanent Adoption Tax Credit allows parents of children adopted from foster care to reduce the amount they owe in federal income taxes. If the child adopted is determined by a State to have special needs the maximum amount of credit may be claimed. If the child holds an Adoption Assistance Agreement that is sufficient proof that the child was determined to be special needs.
One change that was made to how the Adoption Tax Credit is administered is that it is no longer a refundable tax credit. This means that an individual who owes no federal income tax may not claim the Adoption Tax Credit. However, the tax credit can reduce an individual’s taxes by up to $12,650. Any credit that exceeds what is owed may be carried forward.
Other eligibility qualifications:
- If the taxpayer’s modified adjusted gross income is more than $189,710, their credit is reduced.
- If the taxpayer’s modified adjusted gross income is $229,710 or more, they cannot take the credit.
Taxpayers who plan to claim the adoption credit will not be able to file their return until late February or early March—the IRS is still updating their computer systems due to the late legislation. An announcement will be placed on the IRS site when the Service is able to process the Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses.
Form 1040 (Federal Tax Return) and Form 8839 (Qualified Adoption Expenses) must be mailed to the IRS. The Service did not have enoigh time to convert the Form 8839 to an electronic format this year.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has more information and required forms, link:
FAQs on the Adoption Tax Credit, link:
Adoption Credit Phone Forum Questions and Answers, link:
To download a copy of this information click here.
California: Who Gets the ICAMA Forms?
States are asked to:
Send original ICAMA form with required attachements to the ICAMA Liaison listed for the county where the child will be living
Send a copy of ICAMA form to the ICAMA Central Office contact:
- A-L Loretta.Perez@dss.ca.gov
- M-Z Wendy.Sanchez@dss.ca.gov
This process allows California to open Medicaid cases more quickly.
For a list of the ICAMA liaisions in California by county go to: California county ICAMA liaisons
ICAMA form 6.02 NOTICE OF ACTION withdrawn as of July 27, 2012
ICAMA form 7.02 NOTICE TO FAMILIES effective July 30, 2012
ICAMA administrators were notified that the ICAMA form 6.02 (Notice of Action) is withdrawn
as of July 27, 2012.
Beginning July 30, 2012 all states must use ICAMA form 7.02 (Notice to Families) (interim).
States will use the same administrative procedures for the ICAMA 7.02 as those used for the ICAMA 6.02: