Adoption assistance is a program designed to remove barriers to the adoption of children with special needs, who otherwise could not be adopted. The intent of the program is to assist the adoptive family in meeting the special and ordinary needs of a child. The types of assistance the child receives shall be determined by the negotiation process with Prevention and Protection staff. It shall not be assumed all families will need all types of assistance.
Eligibility for this financial assistance must be determined prior to finalization of the adoption. Assistance may include a special one-time payment, non-recurring expenses to provide for legal fees, or an ongoing monthly financial subsidy and a medical card. The type and amount of subsidy is negotiated with the prospective adoptive parents. Consideration is given to the specific needs of the child, family's community resources and support services and available resources.