Adoption Subsidy and Assistance

Discovering Financial Resources to Support Children and Youth with Special Needs in Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Families

This FFF webinar, recorded in winter and spring 2020 features four segments covering different options and programs that offer financial supports to some foster, adoptive and kinship families raising children and youth with disabilities. Watch all or forward through to the sections that cover topics of most relevance for your family. THANK YOU to Julie Bowman of Fairfax Co DFS, Sarah Pennington, of ABLEnow, and Sheri Abrams, Attorney at Law, for sharing their expertise.

Segment 1- Adoption Subsidy Agreements

Segment 2- ABLEnow special needs savings accounts

Segment 3- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

Segment 4- Special Needs Trusts

  • Webinar, Discovering Financial Resources to Support Children and Youth with Special Needs in Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Families

    Discovering Financial Resources webinar


North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)

The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) has compiled information about subsidies (adoption assistance) by state.

 

  • Website, North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)


The Child Welfare Information Gateway

The Child Welfare Information Gateway has a fact sheet describing subsidies, including Federal title IV-E eligibility requirements.

  • Factsheet, The Child Welfare Information Gateway

  • Website, The Child Welfare Information Gateway


SSI, Adoption Assistance and other federal programs report

Social Security Advisory Board statement on the Supplemental Security Income program

The Social Security Administration was asked to conduct a comprehensive review of the children’s SSI program. In 2014, this review looked specifically at children in the foster care system. This report offers some clarification of income and eligibility requirements across programs.

  • Website, SSI, Adoption Assistance and other federal programs report


Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation, Health and Human Services
May 01, 2011

Children Adopted from Foster Care: Adoption Agreements, Adoption Subsidies and Other Post-Adoption Supports

  • Website, Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation, Health and Human Services


Policy Clarification from U.S. Department of Education
July 03, 2013

Policy Clarification from U.S. Department of Education re: excluding extended foster care payments as income on FAFSA can be viewed here.

  • Report, Policy Clarification from U.S. Department of Education


Virginia Department of Social Services

Information sheet on the Virginia Adoption Assistance Program.

  • Document, Virginia Department of Social Services