Florida’s Adoption Assistance Program for
Children Adopted from the Child Welfare System
The State of Florida
offers adoption assistance to prospective adoptive parents to enable them
to adopt a child in the state’s foster care system.
The Adoption Assistance Program is
designed for children that
were removed from their caregiver due to abuse or neglect and the
permanent custody of the child has been awarded to the Department of
Children and Families or a licensed child placing agency.
In addition, the child must meet one of the following
1. Eight years of age or
2. Developmentally disabled
3. Physically or emotionally
4. Siblings being placed
5. Black or Bi-Racial
Except for foster parent
and relative adoptions of children from foster care, a reasonable but
unsuccessful effort will have been made to
place the child without a maintenance subsidy. Foster
Parents and relatives must be asked if they
are willing to adopt the child without subsidy.
Maintenance Subsidy: Effective July 1, 2007 the amount of the maintenance
subsidy is $5,000 per year paid monthly ($417). If the amount is
Department of Children and Families and the adoptive family
must be in agreement. The subsidy amount may be
adjusted based on the needs of the child and
of the family. The amount may not exceed the amount compensated for
the child in Family Foster Care.
NOTE: Adoption Assistance is subject to
Medical Subsidy: The medical
subsidy is designed to help cover the costs of treating physical,
emotional conditions that
existed prior to the adoption. It is expected that if the adoptive
families health insurance will cover these conditions, that it should
be used first. Many of the children are Medicaid eligible and
will continue their eligibility even after the adoption. Medicaid should
be used before attempting to
secure payment from a medical subsidy. The need for medical subsidy
must be established before finalization of the adoption,
although the service may not be needed until a later date. Prior
approval by Community Based Care or Department of Children and
Families Post Adoption Services is required before treatment is
sought using a medical subsidy.
Children receiving care through Children’s Medical
Services are eligible to continue those services after the adoption.
Reimbursement for Expenses: The
department is authorized to
retroactive to January 1, 1987, up to $1,000 in nonrecurring
expenses related to the adoption of a child which have been incurred
by the adoptive parents. For purposes of this subsection,
“nonrecurring expenses” means one-time expenses, such as
attorney’s fees, court costs, birth certificate fees, travel
expenses, agency fees, and physical examination fees.
Federal Tax Credit: Families that adoptchildren
foster care are eligible for a tax credit on their
income tax credit. A tax credit is a reduction in the amount
of taxes you pay the government
College Assistance for Children Adopted from
College Tuition Exemption: Children
that are adopted through the Department of
Children and Families after May 5, 1997, may be eligible to receive
up to four years of
college tuition waiver at Florida
colleges and vocational training schools.
Road to Independence Scholarship: Children
that are adopted at age 16 or 17 are eligible for Florida’s
Road to Independence Program which provides some living
expenses for college and Medicaid until 21 years of age.
FASFA (Federal Application for Student Financial
adopted from foster care at the age of thirteen or older,
are given special consideration when applying for student financial
loans or grants. (fafsa.ed.gov)
Florida's Adoption Information Center
4203 Southpoint Blvd.
Jacksonville, Florida 32216
Out of Florida: 904-353-0679
Information Center was created
by the Florida Legislature to serve as a clearinghouse in every area
of adoption. The Center has served more than 175,000 people since
opening in 1994. As a free service, the Adoption Information
adoption information and referral services to adoptive parents, adult
adoptees, birth relatives, pregnant women and professionals.
Note: Children adopted internationally
are not eligible for
Adoption Assistance Program.
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