Unless a different meaning is required by the context, the
following terms as used in these Rules and Regulations shall have the meaning
hereafter respectively ascribed to them:
(a) "Special needs child" means a child who
has been in the care of a public or private agency or individual other than the
legal or biological parent for more than 24 consecutive months; a child who is
a member of a sibling group of two or more placed in the same home; a child
with a physical, mental or emotional disability, as validated by a licensed
physician or psychologist.
"Child-placing agency" means any nonprofit institution, society, agency or
facility, whether incorporated or not, which is licensed by the Department for
the purpose of placing children in an adoptive home for adoption.
(c) "Department" means the Department of
Human Services of the State of Georgia.
(d) "Disruption" means the termination of
adoption proceedings prior to finalization of the adoption.
(e) "Payments" means funds provided to a
child-placing agency from a combination of state and Federal Title IV-E funds
for placing a child with special needs who is under the jurisdiction of the
Department in an adoptive home for the purpose of adoption.
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs.
Original Rule entitled
"Definitions" adopted. F. Nov. 16, 1990;
eff. Dec. 6, 1990.
Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F.
Dec. 11, 2009; eff.