Adoption Assistance by State
12. What is your State Web address for adoption assistance information?
Alaska’s adoption assistance link: http://dhss.alaska.gov/ocs/Pages/adoptions/aboutsubsidies.aspx.
8-141 - Definitions; exception
8-142 - Adoption subsidy program; funding; claims; limitation
8-142.01 - Adoption subsidy program; hospital reimbursement
8-143 - Eligibility; limitation
8-144 - Subsidy agreement; duration; amount; periodic review; confidentiality
8-145 - Appeals
Arkansas does not have a specific adoption assistance page. For information see Arkansas Heart Gallery link: https://dhs.arkansas.gov/dcfs/heartgallery/adoption_faq.htm. See: Is Financial Assistance Available?
California’s adoption assistance link: http://www.childsworld.ca.gov/PG1303.htm.
Colorado's adoption assistance link: html://www.changealifeforever.org/adopt_costs.htm.
Connecticut's adoption assistance (Subsidized Adoption) link: http://www.ctfosteradopt.com/fosteradopt/cwp/view.asp?a=3795&Q=447948.
Delaware does not have a link specific to adoption assistance information. See the Adoption Assistance Eligibility Determination Policy Manual link: http://kids.delaware.gov/pdfs/pol_fs_AAEligDetPolicyManual_20110101.pdf.
For more information contact the Delaware Health and Social Services by phone at 302.633.2655 or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The District of Columbia's adoption assistance policy link: http://cfsa.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/cfsa/publication/attachments/Program%2520-%2520Adoption%2520Subsidy%2520%28final%29%2520rev%25205-3-2011%28H%29.pdf.
Florida's adoption assistance link: http://www.adoptflorida.com/assistance-program.htm.
See also Florida's Adoption Information Guide, link: http://www.adoptflorida.com/information-guide.htm.
For a description of the special needs of many children available for adoption, link: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/adoption/specialNeeds.shtml.
Georgia’s adoption assistance links:
Hawaii Department of Human Resources has no adoption assistance information link.
In order to be eligible for adoption assistance benefits from the State of Idaho, children must meet Idaho’s definition of a 'child with special needs.' Most children who are placed through Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) meet this definition and are eligible for either federal or State adoption-assistance benefits.
See the question in the Frequently Asked Questions About Adoption publication: Is there financial assistance available for adoptive families? http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=3wh_PBsEbck%3d&tabid=75&mid=2404.
Contact the local agency for more information on adoption assistance: http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/ContactUs/tabid/127/default.aspx.
Illinois’s adoption assistance links: http://www.state.il.us /DCFS/docs/Post_Adopt.pdf Post Adoption and Guardianship Services, see Part 1 on Adoption Subsidy.
Indiana’s adoption assistance link: http://www.in.gov/dcs/2743.htm#_Toc33512232.
See the last bullet Adoption Assistance.
Iowa does not have a link specific to adoption assistance information. Iowa’s two Resource information specialists have specific areas of expertise including Adoption Subsidy and Adoption Tax Credit link: http://www.ifapa.org/support/resource_information_specialists.asp and http://www.ifapa.org/resources/adoption_resources.asp.
Kansas' adoption assistance link: http://www.srs.ks.gov/agency/cfs/Pages/AdoptionAssistance.aspx.
Kentucky’s adoption assistance link: http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dpp/snapsupportingservices.htm.
See also Special Needs Adoption Program, SNAP, link: http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dpp/Special+Needs+Adoption+Program+(SNAP).htm.
Kentucky legal code, Section 199.555, Payment of subsidy to adoptive parents- Conditions link: http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/KRS/199-00/555.PDF.
Louisiana does not have an adoption assistance-specific link. Information regarding adoptive assistance can be located at http://www.dcfs.la.gov.
Click on Child Welfare then Adoption. Chose Common Questions about Foster and Adoptive Parenting and scroll down to: 'Is there financial help to foster and adopt?'
Maine’s adoption assistance link: http://www.cwti.org/Publications/PAR/PAS.htm.
Maryland does not have a specific adoption assistance link. For information on adoption assistance, see: http://www.dhr.state.md.us/blog/?page_id=2923 and click on Is financial help available?.
Massachusetts adoption assistance link: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dcf/adoption/subsidies.html.
Detailed information regarding Massachusetts' Subsidy Programs is available by contacting:
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Department of Children and Families
Attention: Subsidy Unit
600 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617.748.2000 or 800.835.0838
Michigan’s adoption assistance link: http://michigan.gov/dhs/0,4562,7-124-60126_7116_63826_11423---,00.html.
State subsidy contacts: http://michigan.gov/documents/dhs/DHS-AdoptionSubsidy-Contacts_253834_7.pdf.
Minnesota’s adoption assistance link (See under Related Pages, Adoption Assistance for Children with Special Needs): http://edocs.dhs.state.mn.us/lfserver/Legacy/DHS-3321-ENG.
Mississippi’s adoption assistance link: http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us/fcs_adoptall.html. Scroll down for the section on adoption assistance.
Missouri’s adoption assistance link: http://www.dss.mo.gov/cd/adopt/masp.htm
Montana’s adoption assistance information can be found in the Montana Code Annotated 2007, Title 42-Adoption, Chapter 10 Subsidized Adoptions, link: http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2007/mca_toc/42_10_1.htm.
Eligibility for Subsidy (42-10-107) link: http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2007/mca/42/10/42-10-107.htm
Subsidy agreement (42-10-108) link: http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2007/mca/42/10/42-10-108.htm.
Nebraska’s adoption assistance regulation link: http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/reg_t390.aspx
(See Chapter 6).
See the Nebraska Health and Human Services Manual, title 479: http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/reg_t479.aspx
(See Chapter 8).
Nevada's adoption assistance link: http://www.dcfs.state.nv.us/DCFS_Guide_AdoptionAssistanceProg.htm .
New Hampshire’s provides some information on adoption assistance at:
For additional information, contact New Hampshire Foster Care and Adoption Services, link:
New Jersey's adoption assistance link: http://www.state.nj.us/njfosteradopt/services/support/index.html Click on: Support for Families link.
New Mexico’s adoption assistance link: http://www.cyfd.org/content/costs-and-financial-assistance.
New York State adoption assistance link: http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/adopt/subsidy.asp(Scroll down to see the content).
North Carolina’s adoption assistance link: http://info.dhhs.state.nc.us/olm/manuals/dss/csm-78/man/Section%201600.pdf.
North Dakota’s adoption assistance link: http://www.nd.gov/dhs/services/childfamily/adoption/assistance.html
Ohio’s adoption assistance link: http://jfs.ohio.gov/factsheets/Adoption.pdf (See the ODJFS Factsheet on Adoption, Supporting Families after Finalization, Adoption Subsidies)
Oklahoma’s adoption assistance links: http://www.okdhs.org/programsandservices/postadopt/docs/adptasst.htm and http://www.okdhs.org/library/policy/oac340/075/15/0128000.htm.
Oregon’s adoption assistance information is available in the Oregon Adoption Assistance Handbook link: https://apps.state.or.us/Forms/Served/de9050.pdf.
Information about adoption assistance is found within the state’s website promoting children available for adoption: http://www.adoptpakids.org/AdoptionQA.aspx.
Adoption assistance is determined by the county children and youth agency that has custody of the child. The list of regional contacts is available, link: http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/findfacilsandlocs/regionalchildrenyouthandfamiliesoffices/index.htm.
Rhode Island's adoption assistance link: http://www.dcyf.ri.gov/questions/adoption_questions.php (See: Adoption, Frequently Asked Questions on Adoption: What services does DCYF provide to families adopting children of the child welfare system?).
South Carolina’s adoption assistance link: http://www.state.sc.us/dss/adoption/subsidy.html
South Dakota’s adoption assistance link: http://dss.sd.gov/adoption/faq/adoptionsubsidy.asp.
Tennessee adoption assistance information link: http://www.tn.gov/youth/dcsguide/policies/chap15/15.11.pdf.
Texas's adoption assistance link: https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Adoption_and_Foster_Care/About_Adoption/subsidy.asp.
Utah’s adoption assistance information link: https://www.utdcfsadopt.org/subsidy.shtml.
Vermont’s adoption assistance links:
(See Page 24, The Support Available).
Virginia does not have a specific adoption assistance link. For information on how adoption assistance is calculated in Virginia see:
Scroll down to: Forms and click on Virginia Worksheet for Assessing and Negotiating Adoption Assistance Effective 10/15/13.
Washington’s adoption assistance links: http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/ca/adopt/how_Cost.asp and http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/ca/adopt/how_supportsummary.asp
West Virginia’s adoption assistance link: http://www.wvdhhr.org/oss/adoption/adoption_faq.asp (See Frequently Asked Questions, Question #19, Is financial help available for adoptive parents to care for children?)
Wisconsin’s adoption assistance link: http://dcf.wisconsin.gov/children/adoption/publications/default.htm.
Wyoming's Adoption Assistance policy can be found in the DFS Policy and Procedure Manual link: http://dfsweb.state.wy.us/childprotection/cpManual.html. See Chapter 6, section 6.5, Foster Care Medical & Title IV-E Payments.