National Meeting 2018

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When: April 3 - 5, 2018

All the facts you need to know for the 2018 National Meeting
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Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
200 N. Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Hotel registration is now open.
Room rate: 169.00/night (+17.4% Illinois tax)

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Fairmont Hotel registration information:

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

Room Block Closes: March 19th, 2018

Meeting Venue:
Summit Executive Center
205 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601

Meeting registration opened October 18th.

Meeting Registration:
Early Registration (12.02.17-02.28.18) 675.00
Regular Registration 750.00

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Final Agenda:

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  • ICAMA: What's Expected? Everything you need to know about ICAMA
    Training on the administration of the ICAMA includes a short history of the Compact and how it functions; ICAMA forms, procedures, and processes and state administration of them. There will be an overall emphasis on the intent of the ICAMA and the vital role it plays in securing and ensuring the receipt of adoption and guardianship benefits, particularly Medicaid.
  • National Center on Adoption and Permanency (NCAP): Resources and Services
    The National Center on Adoption and Permanency (NCAP) is a unique, nonprofit organization that provides a broad range of information, resources, consultation and multidisciplinary services on adoption, foster care and child welfare. The Center provides evidence-based educational initiatives, program and project development, research, consultation and evaluation. Particpants will learn about the resources available from NCAP and how to access them.
  • The Great Unknown: Legislative Update
    This has been a tumultuous year in federal legislation, leaving the fields of health care and child welfare unsure of the future of federal programs affecting children in and from state care. This year, FY 2018, is the year that the applicable child provision for age is eliminated from the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. The session will discuss the effects of this sunset provision and other legislation bearing on both adoption assistance populations (title IV-E and non-title IV-E). Speaker will present an overview of current legislative concerns and a wish list for the current Congress including a future for the Adoption Tax Credit and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
  • AAICAMA By-Laws: Restructure and Vote
    Originally drafted in 1986, the bylaws for AAICAMA no longer reflect the current operations of the Association. The bylaws cover all aspects of how the Association works to administer the ICAMA. Session topics include: how annual state assessments are determined, development of the budget, responsibilities of Compact members, attendance and voting at AAICAMA’s National Meeting, and the election and role of the AAICAMA Board. Participants will review suggested changes to the current bylaws including input received from Conference 2017 and vote on the proposed changes. States will also review the current and past budgets to propose spending priorities for CY2019.
  • Medicaid 101: Understanding Medicaid in Adoption Assistance Programs.
    The first part of this training will cover the provision of Medicaid for title IV-E Adoption Assistance recipients. Among the topics addressed will be the mandatory receipt of services by this group, which services are mandatory and those that are optional, and how title IV-E recipients are covered in all states. Particularly addressed will be the interstate implications of states extending eligibility for Medicaid up to age 21.
    The second part of this training will cover the provision of Medicaid for non-title IV-E Adoption Assistance recipients. The focus will be on the difference in protections between this group and title IV-E recipients. The problems a family may face in interstate cases as a result of state policy decisions will also be discussed.
  • State Policy and Practice: Eligibility for Title IV-E Adoption Assistance Ends at Age 18
    States fix, in their legislation, the age that eligibility for title IV-E Adoption Assistance ends. Many states have fixed the end of eligibility at age 21, but some remain at age 18. These states have run up against the fact that most children with special needs continue to need assistance after their eighteenth birthday. What happens when a state can’t change its law, but needs to continue assistance in order to avoid dissolutions? The discussion will center on the implications to state budgets, how this issue impacts state practice, and how states can work together to strengthen permanency.
  • Public-Private Partnerships How to Make the Best of Both Worlds
    Dynamic public-private partnerships are changing the face of state, child welfare. This session will bring examples from the field of the ways government and their private partners are building strong, adoptive families for youth. Bringing together ICAMA professionals to think strategically about strong partnerships, is a positve way to help build permanency for children touched by the child welfare system.
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)/Region 5: Updates and Issues
    Children’s Bureau/ACYF Region 5: Updates and Issues

    CMS Region 5 session will present an update on national, Medicaid issues affecting children eligible through their child welfare status and related, healthcare issues facing the states and highlight the work of the Consortium for Medicaid and Children’s Health Operations and its role serving states and youth within the CMS system.
    The Children’s Bureau will present an update on adoption, adoption assistance and general, child welfare issues facing the states to include coverage of Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008: Update, where are we ten years later? The session will cover the provisions of greatest impact for adoptive youth and update the states on the title IV-E Guardianship Assistance Program and the elimination of the “applicable child” to adoption assistance determination under the federal program.

Updated: February 6, 2018