Adoptive parent entitled to adoption assistance benefits denied due to agency error.

Topic: Human Services, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: 1518237 , Decision Date: 2015-01-14 
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Petitioner, the adoptive parent of two children, was denied adoption assistance benefits because a caseworker failed to submit a timely application on her behalf and, consequently, no adoption assistance agreement was in place prior to finalization of adoption.  The caseworker’s error constituted an extenuating circumstance meriting reversal of the application denial.