There are different types of adoption assistance that families may receive. Children can qualify for state or federal subsidies, and each state has discretion regarding the eligibility criteria and benefits they offer.
The vast majority of children who are placed for adoption from foster care are eligible for an adoption subsidy/assistance. It is also possible that a child who is not in the foster care system (sometimes referred to as “non-ward” children) will qualify based on their situation.
This issue of the Adoption Advocate provides essential information and answers to frequently asked questions about adoption subsidies.
People who are interested in adopting are often worried about their ability to come up with the necessary funds for the adoption process. They may also wonder how they can afford the services required for a child with known medical, developmental, or other needs. Adoption subsidies are an underutilized and often misunderstood resource for those who qualify for adoption assistance.
This free webinar offers a general overview of adoption assistance and subsidies at the Federal and State level with a discussion of interstate issues, eligibility concerns, common mistakes, and the process for applying for non-ward subsidies.
This content is for pre-adoptive parents and adoption professionals with little to no knowledge of subsidies.
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