Adoption Triad

August 18, 2015

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This month, Adoption Triad focuses on adoption assistance, also known as adoption subsidy. Federal and State adoption assistance programs such as monthly maintenance payments, medical assistance, and other supports, are designed to help adoptive parents meet their adopted child(ren)’s needs. The resources below can assist professionals in navigating the adoption subsidy process.

  1. Visit the North American Council of Adoptable Children (NACAC) adoption subsidy web page to find information about their Adoption Subsidy Resource Center. This Resource Center helps professionals and adoptive parents learn about the benefits available to children and youth adopted from foster care in the U.S. and Canada. Information includes profiles for State subsidy programs, fact sheets, and information about the adoption tax credit.
  2. Explore the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance (AAICAMA) for adoption assistance information including Federal law, policy, and issuances.
  3. Child Welfare Information Gateway provides information to locate adoption assistance by State and information on how to reduce financial obstacles in adoption. In addition, Financial Assistance for Families is a resource for professionals to find information about adoption and educational assistance, including links to policy manuals, organizations, and professionals who may be able to help interpret States' financial assistance policies.



Alaina Davis, Content Specialist
Child Welfare Information Gateway

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