Iowa Regulators May Add More Adoption Oversight After Deaths

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa families receiving state financial assistance for adoptions may see new rules after the deaths of two adopted teenagers.

The state Department of Human Services is considering requiring such families to document their children’s annual doctor visits.

The department’s new director, Jerry Foxhoven, says requiring yearly check-ups would add another layer of oversight to the state’s child welfare system.

The new requirements are being considered following the deaths of two 16-year-old girls who were adopted from state care. Both were home-schooled and isolated from the public before they died. Their parents are accused of neglect.

Iowa spent about $42 million last fiscal year to help families that adopt children with special needs or who are difficult to place out of foster care.

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