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Adopting Special Needs Infants

There are state and federal programs that offer financial assistance to families who adopt qualified special needs children.

Adoption Assistance for Children with Special Needs

The adoption of a child with special needs can be through a private child adoption agency or through one of the states' foster care programs. The foster care programs offer significant financial benefits over a private adoption or private agency adoption.

Once a special needs placement has taken place the adopting family may be eligible for state and federal financial adoption assistance (also called an adoption subsidy), which is paid to help offset expenses related to the child's need for ongoing treatment.  For more information about these subsidies please read the Child Welfare Information Gateway article Adoption Assistance for Children Adopted From Foster Care which includes information on Federal Title IV-E and State Adoption Assistance. You can also contact the Social Security Administration and your state Department of Health and Department of Education about special early intervention and education programs.

Additional Help and Resources

Click on the next link to contact a foster care program and please visit the links for state child welfare agencies and state adoption contacts.

You may also want to visit the website for the National Adoption Center.  NAC helps provide adoption opportunities for children throughout the U.S. with an emphasis on children with special needs and children from minority cultures.

Help for Adopting Families by State

 Alabama  Montana
 Alaska  Nebraska
 Arizona  Nevada
 Arkansas  New Hampshire
 California  New Jersey
 Colorado  New Mexico
 Connecticut  New York
 Delaware  North Carolina
 Florida  North Dakota
 Georgia  Ohio
 Hawaii  Oklahoma
 Idaho  Oregon
 Illinois  Pennsylvania
 Indiana  Rhode Island
 Iowa  South Carolina
 Kansas  South Dakota
 Kentucky  Tennessee
 Louisiana  Texas
 Maine  Utah
 Maryland  Vermont
 Massachusetts  Virginia
 Michigan  Washington
 Minnesota  West Virginia
 Mississippi  Wisconsin
 Missouri  Wyoming
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