Adoption assistance is available to help adoptive families meet the special needs of children adopted from foster care or through a private child-placement agency. DCF staff determine eligibility, based on the special needs of the child, for the removal of financial barriers to adoption.
Eligibility for this financial assistance must be determined prior to finalization of the adoption. Assistance may include a special one-time payment 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 income and available resources. A subsidy often is used for children who have experienced abuse or neglect, or who have ongoing pre-existing needs that are not covered by family health insurance.