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Adoption Assistance Benefits

Program Description

Adoption Assistance, also known as adoption subsidies, provides financial help and services for children with physical, mental and developmental disabilities and their adoptive parents. Each state agency has its own definition of "special needs" used to identify children eligible for adoption assistance.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a parent or primary caregiver of an adopted child(ren) with special needs. Generally, the child's special needs relate to membership in a minority group, a medical condition, siblings (brothers and sisters who should not be separated), or handicaps (a child with a physical, emotional, or mental disability).

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To apply for this benefit, contact the adoption assistance specialist in your state for more information and eligibility:
https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/adoption/adopt-assistance/

Program Contact Information

For more information on adoption assistance, please visit: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/adoption/preplacement/adoption-assistance/
Each state's adoption assistance program is different and it is necessary for families interested in obtaining adoption subsidies to contact their local department of social services to determine what is available in their state.