June 28, 2012

HSLDA Letter Helps Turn Around Adoption Subsidy Denial

Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members regarding legal issues in Illinois. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

The Chicago-area R.C. family adopted L.C. under a program that allowed them to receive a state subsidy to help cover some of the cost of his upbringing. But as he approached his 18th birthday in the summer of 2012, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) said they would stop the family’s subsidy unless they could show that he would still be enrolled in school and working toward his high school diploma after his 18th birthday.

They promptly wrote a letter explaining that L.C. was enrolled in their home-based private school and scheduled to graduate the following year, in June of 2013. They also reminded DCFS that part of the reason L.C. would not finish high school by his 18th birthday was that a DCFS worker, upon a public school teacher’s recommendation, had removed him from public school for one year when he was very young.

Despite the family’s efforts, DCFS said they would stop the subsidy on L.C’s 18th birthday. The representative told the family they could appeal the decision, if they wished.

Members of HSLDA, the R.C. family asked us for help. HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff wrote a letter to DCFS confirming that L.C. was enrolled in a lawful program of secondary education and expected to graduate in June of 2013.

Shortly thereafter, DCFS notified the family that the subsidy for L.C. would continue until he graduated in June of 2013.