fireworksAAICAMA—Centennial Adoption Excellence Award Recipient

AAICAMA's 2018 National Meeting

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Registration is OPEN

Download Draft Agenda

Template for meeting justification letter

Fairmont Hotel registration information:

By phone: 1-800-441-1414
Meeting identification: AAICAMA

Room Block Closes: March 19th, 2018

Social Security Administration Request

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking public input on strategies to improve the adult economic outcomes of youth ages 14 to 25 with disabilities receiving supplemental security income (SSI).

The input received will inform SSA's deliberations about potential policy changes and the design of future demonstration projects for transition-age SSI recipients.

AAICAMA has had a continuing conversation with SSA about Adoption Assistance (AA) eligible children turning 18 who not permitted to apply for SSI before their 18th birthday. Because approval of SSI can take 6 months these youth may experience a lapse in their benefits when their AA is not continued past age 18. This is in contrast to children in Foster Care who can apply 6 months before their 18th birthday to prevent loss of benefits.

Comments must be received by February 2, 2018.

To comment go to:

Election Results :: New Executive Committee

The results of the 2017 election are:
Adrian Owens (GA) was re-elected and will serve until December 2019
—3 Members-at-Large
Chauneva Garlington (FL) was re-elected and will serve until December 2019
Jennifer Kobel (OH) was re-elected and will serve until December 2019
Catherine Meister (NH)* was elected and will serve until December 2019

To see the whole AAICAMMA Executive Committee, click here.

What the Executive Committee does:
—Oversees and directs AAICAMA’s work
—Ensures the work aligns with AAICAMA’s mission, goals and objectives
—Provides constructive guidance and input to AAICAMA projects

Rewards of serving on the Executive Committee:
—Satisfying work
—Tangible results
—Interesting discussions
—Experience in non-profit management

Jennifer Haselwander (IN) was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Brenda Duchow (WI) who has volunteered to serve as Treasurer. She will serve until December 2018, completing Brenda’s term.

Catherine Meister(NH)* regretfully resigned effective January 2018, due to an increase in her state responsibilities. AAICAMA will advise you when the Executive Committee selects a replacement.

Glossary of Child Welfare Terms

The Child Welfare Information Gateway has recently updated their Glossary of Child Welfare terms. Many child welfare terms are subject to interpretation, and our glossary helps identify commonly held definitions for terms found on our website. Find definitions for common acronyms and links to information on major federal legislation and related child welfare terms. The Glossary is updated as new terminology emerges, as new legislation is enacted, and as child welfare terms take on new meaning.

Link to the glossary:

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Updated: January 16, 2018