The following is taken from the AAP website:
Federal subsidies were created by Congress (through Public Law 96-272 – the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980) to encourage the adoption of special needs children and remove the financial disincentives for families to adopt. Recognizing that adoptive parents often experience financial difficulty meeting the special needs of children who formerly were placed in California’s foster care system, the State Legislature created the Adoption Assistance Program (AAP). In creating the program, the Legislature intended to benefit children in foster care by providing the security and stability of a permanent home through adoption. Children may receive a federally funded subsidy under Title IV-E or a state-funded subsidy per state guidelines.
ADOPTION ASSISTANCE FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
BRITTANY’S HOPE ADOPTION
- Grants available to a random select few adoption agencies
HIS KIDS TOO!
- Adoption Assistance
- Link: www.hiskidstoo.org/adoption-info/adoption-financial-assistance-program
- Grant applications
- Link: www.katelynsfund.org/grants
HELPING KIDS COPE
- Positive Choice Award – is for birth parents that have completed their adoption plan.
- Parents-to-be-Award – For adoptive couples waiting to adopt.
- Link: www.helpingkidscope.com/request-help.htm
LOVE HAS COME
- Link: www.lovehascome.com/forever-family-fund
ADOPTION ASSISTANCE FOR KENTUCKY FAMILIES
THE ADOPTION BENEFIT PROGRAM
The Kentucky State Personnel Cabinet administers this program that began in 1998 which reimburses a portion of the adoption cost for state employees. This program provides up to 5,000 dollars per family for direct costs related to the adoptions of a special needs child, and up to 3,000 dollars per family for all other child adoptions. This money is provided by the workplace of the parent and cannot exceed 150,000 a year.
The child must meet Kentucky’s definition of “special needs” and a reasonable effort made to place the child without adoption assistance.A child with special needs is defined in Kentucky as a child that has at least one of the following needs or circumstances that may be a barrier to placement or adoption without financial assistance:
- Two years of age or older and African American
- Seven years of age or older with a significant emotional attachment or psychological tie to her foster family and the Department has determined that it would be in the child’s best interest to remain with the family
- A member of a sibling group of two or more children placed at the same time in the same family
- A physical or mental disability
- An emotional or behavioral disorder
- A documented risk of physical, mental or emotional disorder
- A previous adoption disruption or multiple placements