Good morning to all of our adoptive families!! We hope you all are staying safe and taking precautions for Hurricane Irma!
We just wanted to let you know that we have updated our Facebook page and have also created a private chat-room for adoptive parents! This chat will be used to answer questions and help each other through this process.
Please like our Facebook page in order to access the group! We are super excited to be able to offer this to all of our fellow adoptive parents.
Please see our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/adoption2action for more information....
So a few weeks ago my husband and I had to go to the Social Security Office to order a new social security card for our son. Being the Type A person that I am - I downloaded the forms, filled them out, and then gathered together all the relevant information needed. Then we went to the Social Security Office.
There is not a local office in our county, so the hubs and I had to drive the 45 minutes to the closest location. We arrived at 9:05am, a full five minutes after the office opened. There were already about fifty people in line waiting (did they camp out the night before?????). We then got our number from the automated machine, and sat and waited – and waited – and waited. We waited for almost an hour and a half.
And then….. SCORE!!! Our number was called and we went up to the customer service person. I handed him all the relevant information – the application, our son’s birth certificate, the adoption order, my ID, my hubby’s ID. I even threw in our passports for good measure (hey, you can never be TOO prepared – right?) WRONG - I failed miserably.
Apparently, if you are requesting a social security card for a child who is school age - you must have a handy-dandy form called a school demographic form. You can get that from the School Board’s Office in the county where your child attends school. It must be sealed, stamped, and signed. It is stated nowhere near on the Social Security Form that it is required, so it came as quite the surprise that we needed it.
So we left the Social Security Office and went to the School Board Office – 45 minutes away. We got the form and drove back to the office - another 45 minutes. We then got our number and waited in line – AGAIN.
We then were able to get our social security card paperwork done for our son. By the time we got out of the office, it was after 2:00pm. The new card arrived a week later. I am still trying to gain back my sanity.
Moral of the story – if you are trying to get a brand new social security card for a school age child - save yourself some time and lots of stress - make sure you get the school demographic form first….
Have a wonderful week followers!!!
Happy Monday evening A2A followers! We hope ya'll are staying dry! We are over here in Central Florida contemplating building an arc…
For our next blog post – we are continuing to show you ways to save some dough. Children with special needs (as most children adopted from foster care are), are an expensive endeavor. From therapy to extracurricular activities, our awesome little angels can cost us a pretty little penny.
Each week we are going to give you some information about benefits our children qualify for that you may not know about.
This week, we are going into the Medicaid Programs that our children have. Did you know that most of the Medicaid Plans (Sunshine Health, United Healthcare, Staywell, and Prestige) all include a $25.00 Monthly Mail Order Over-The-Counter benefit?
This means that every month, your family can order up to $25.00 worth of medical supplies and have them delivered to your door-step – for free!!!
These can include pain relievers, antacids, children's medications, cough and cold medicine, Band-Aid's, and vitamins. Most of these are at a price that is lower than you would pay at a retail store, and you get them delivered to you!!!
To get information about your particular plan – just google your plan name and then - mail order over the counter program. For example – Sunshine Health mail order over the counter program.
At $25.00 per month, that's $300.00 per year. That's money that can be spent on other things, like a savings account, car fund, or vacation fund for your family…
On a side note – make sure to go to our Facebook page and like us! You can find our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/adoption2action
Don't forget to purchase tickets to our first ever "Forever Ours" Gala on 08/29/2015 at The Plantation Inn on Crystal River. More information can be found on our website under the Gala page.
Check back next week for more money saving information from A2A.
Stay dry out there….
Welcome to Adoption2Action's first ever blog post! We're so excited that after all the years of planning, community coordination and behind-the-scenes advocacy on behalf of Florida's best kind of families - the ones that come together through adoption - A2A is finally up and running at the state-wide level. As adoptive parents ourselves, we know what it takes to make the initial commitment to one of Florida's foster children and we know what it takes to wake up every morning and "fight the good fight" on behalf of that very special child.
That's why we're here...that's why A2A is here!
Our goal is to be the supportive safety network that we believe every adoptive family needs...whether the need is for an advocate, a resource locator, a crisis interventionist, or just some simple information. A2A is here, ready, and willing to help. On that note...here's our blog!
When trying to figure out what you all would want to hear about on a weekly basis - you know, information that's actually useful, helpful, and interesting - we ended up talking about money. Yes...the big "M" word. That taboo topic that no one really likes to talk about - whether its in the form of subsidy - or whether its just talking about how, as parents, we're going to afford the church trip, band trip, field trip, and family vacation this summer. Kids are expensive!! So, we thought we'd share a cost saving tip each week with you. There are all sorts of tips and tricks, that apply specifically to families who have adopted from Florida's child welfare system, that we're guessing most of you don't know about...because, well - we didn't until someone told us about them!
Tip #1: With back-to-school time fast approaching, we figured that this little tidbit would be of most interest to y'all right now. Did you know that since your child has Medicaid as a direct result of their adoption, your child also automatically qualifies for the public school free lunch program?
No applications, no verifications...its all done through computers at the State level and you, as the parent, should be getting a letter of automatic qualification in the mail...well, right about now. Whether your child is willing to eat the cafeteria food on the other hand, well, we'll let you handle that one.
Stay tuned to the blog for more tips, legislative updates, benefit updates, and all-around good-to-know info!
We're glad you're here.
Morgan and Melissa