An administrative law judge or a review judge may make a finding of extenuating circumstances if one or more of the following situations exist:
(1) Relevant facts regarding the child, the biological family or child's background were known by the agency placing the child for adoption and not presented to the adoptive parents prior to the legalization of the adoption;
(2) The department denied adoption assistance based upon a means test of the adoptive family;
(3) Erroneous determination or advice by the department or private child placing agency that a child is ineligible for adoption assistance; or
(4) Failure by the placing agency to advise adoptive parents of the availability of adoption assistance.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.13.031. 01-08-045, § 388-27-0315, filed 3/30/01, effective 4/30/01.]