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ehrnst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 08:03 AM
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79. In my county, non-residents have to pay tuition to attend the public schools.
Edited on Wed Jan-26-11 08:12 AM by ehrnst
My husband and I found this out when I was considering adopting an out of state family members' 7 year old child.

We found that we would have to have legal guardianship/adoption papers filed and approved prior to enrolling her the local elementary school as a resident, or pay out of state tuition of $1500 a month (that was 10 years ago and we live in a Virginia suburb of DC). The approval could take weeks to months, and include a home visit and other checks.

We were told by the adoption attorney that it was very important to have things in order, as there are criminal penalties and fines for not following these procedures before enrolling her as a resident.

We wound up finding her biological father and not adopting her. Prior to finding her father, we decided to put off taking custody for two months, after the school year had ended, in order to give us summer break to get all the paperwork in order.

(edited for grammar and to add some relevant details)
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