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I want to adopt a child. Am I eligible for adoption assistance (also called adoption subsidy)?

Child Welfare


Child Welfare Information Gateway (Information Gateway), a service of the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, provides the factsheet Adoption Assistance for Children Adopted From Foster Care that explains the types of adoption assistance and eligibility requirements for both Federal and State adoption assistance programs.

Information Gateway also provides detailed information about state adoption assistance programs  through the Adoption Assistance by State search website.  On this site, you will find state-by-state information on eligibility for adoption assistance, medical assistance, availability of postadoption services, fair hearings, and links to state websites for adoption and adoption assistance information. The Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance (AAICAMA) updates the information on this site.

Your caseworker can provide more detailed information regarding adoption subsidy.