AAICAMA—2012 Centennial Adoption Excellence Award Recipient
AAICAMA Meeting—ICAMA — Effective Nationwide
Denver, Colorado, May 5 - 7, 2013
9AM on Sunday, May 5th until 2PM on Tuesday, May 7th.
This year’s meeting is critical and AAICAMA is urging all states to participate.
AAICAMA is implementing the new 700 series form and its completion via an on-line secure web server with an accompanying data base. The real-time data collected will reflect state and national movement of adopted and title IV-E GAP children outside the agreement state. Since in-depth training on using the new forms, the new system and the reports available to states will be provided at the 2013 meeting, it is important for those who administer the ICAMA attend.
The agenda also includes sessions designed to improve interstate-practice by increasing state effectiveness and efficiency.
The agenda includes:
- Training—ICAMA 700 Series Forms
- Training—ICAMA Database: Real-time Data
- Federal Update Reviewing Fostering Connections from an Interstate Perspective
- Training— Federal Compliance in Adoption and Kinship Assistance and Medicaid Programs
- Training— ICAMA Administration
- Kinship Adoption: Meeting the Unique Needs of a Growing Population
- Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) Opportunities for Medical Coverage of Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN)Under ACA
- Adoption Competent Mental Health Professionals
- Obtaining Medicaid Interstate: County-Administrated State Perspective
- Residential Mental Health Services for Children Under 21 In-state and Interstate
- Child Welfare Information Gateway—Resources, Mental Health, Immigration
- Tribal Perspectives on Title IV-E and Cultural Competency
|To download the complete agenda, click here.
To download the registration form, click here.
To download the General Information document, click here.
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: