(a)  A county department of social services or a licensed private adoption agency is responsible for social work services for clients for whom they are requesting Maternity Home Funds.  Social work services include assisting the client to decide to release the baby for adoption or continue parenting the baby.

(b)  Marital status and age do not affect eligibility for Maternity Home Funds.

(c)  The client must be a resident of the State of North Carolina to be eligible for Maternity Home Funds.

(d)  Maternity Home Fund payment shall supplement any other funds available from applicants, county departments of social services, families or private agencies.

(e)  Maternity home fund payment to licensed maternity homes is based on the actual per diem cost of care.  A maternity home shall maintain a valid maternity home license for a consecutive one year period and submit an audited financial statement to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Controller's Office (2019 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-2019) before the per diem rate is assigned.  A licensed maternity home is eligible for reimbursement from maternity home funds in the second year of operation if this criteria is met and maternity home funds are available.

(f)  Maternity home fund payment for care in a foster home is the North Carolina standard board rate for foster care assistance set by the General Assembly.  The current standard board payment for foster care assistance can be obtained from the North Carolina Division of Social Services (952 Old U.S. 70 Highway, Black Mountain, NC 28711).

(g)  Maternity home fund payment for care in the home of a non-legally responsible relative or in a boarding arrangement shall not exceed the North Carolina standard board rate for foster care assistance. 


History Note:        Authority G.S. 143B-153;

Eff. April 1, 1978;

Amended Eff. November 1, 2009; July 1, 1990; January 1, 1983.