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Adoption Support Program

The Adoption Support Program assists families adopting special needs children by providing ongoing financial and medical benefits to qualified children based on state and federal regulations.

Qualification

To qualify for Adoption Support, DSHS must have made the determination that adoption is in the child's best interest.

The child must:

  • Be less than 18 years of age when DSHS and the adoptive parent sign the Adoption Support agreement.
  • Be legally free (birth parents rights have been terminated).
  • Have special needs.
  • Be in state funded foster care (or eligible for and likely to be placed in foster care) OR be eligible for federally funded adoption assistance.