Adoption Assistance Policy
Many prospective adoptive families are looking for ways to offset the cost of adoption. Adoption assistance from the Federal government is administered under Federal title IV-E of the Social Security Act. Policy guidance on Federal title IV-E adoption assistance is provided by the Children's Bureau, under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. State adoption assistance programs provide assistance for children with special needs who may not be eligible under the Federal title IV-E adoption assistance program.
This section provides policy information on Federal title IV-E and State adoption assistance programs, including eligibility requirements.
Child Welfare Policy Manual: Title IV-E
Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Provides the table of contents with links to chapters on policy information about title IV-E in an easy-to-use question and answer format.
Title IV-E Adoption Assistance Webcast
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Adoption (2007)
Presents a two-part video presentation designed to address compliance with the Multiethnic Placement Act, as amended (MEPA).
Title IV-E Adoption Assistance Eligibility Flow Chart (PDF - 23 KB)
Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2007)
Indicates, through yes and no questions, whether or not a child is eligible for title IV-E adoption assistance.
Title IV-E Adoption Assistance Agreements
National Resource Center for Adoption
In Adoption Competency Curriculum: Trainer's Guide
Includes trainer preparation materials for a module that reviews the history of adoption assistance, Federal laws, policies, and eligibility for the Title IV-E adoption assistance program, core components of negotiating and discussing Title IV-E adoption assistance. Also available: Participant's Handbook
Adoption Assistance by State
Association Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance (AAICAMA) & Child Welfare Information Gateway
Answers questions on States' adoption assistance policies, medical assistance, and postadoption services.
National Foster Care & Adoption Directory
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Provides contact information for each State's Adoption Assistance contact and other State-level foster care and adoption officials. Select the State and click on the box next to "State Foster Care and Adoption Officials" to access the Adoption Assistance contact person.
State Adoption Assistance Specialists
Includes contact information for the Adoption Assistance Specialist in each State and Territory, when available.
Understanding Adoption Subsidies: An Analysis of AFCARS Data
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (2005)
Examines how States use adoption subsidies to achieve goals of permanency and well-being for children.