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Adoption Subsidy

Read The Vital Role of Adoption Subsidies: Increasing Permanency and Improving Children’s Lives (While Saving States Money) from NACAC and the Donaldson Adoption Institute and view other compiled resources to help advocates fight proposed cuts to adoption assistance benefits.

Read NACAC's The Value of Subsidies: Helping Children Find Permanent Families, a report on adoption assistance and its value to children, families, and governments.

View a September 2016 webinar on adoption assistance eligibility and benefitsdownload the slides

NACAC's Adoption Assistance Advocacy Toolkit is designed to help advocates fight proposed cuts to adoption subsidies or to work to improve programs in their communities.

NACAC has developed a flyer about our Adoption Subsidy Resource Center that recruiters and other adoption professionals can use to connect prospective adopters with our support services.

Many foster children waiting for adoption—and the children already adopted from foster care—have special physical, mental health, and developmental needs. Studies show that these children are at heightened risk of moderate to severe health problems, learning disabilities, developmental delays, physical impairments, and mental health difficulties

Adoption assistance (also known as adoption subsidy) is a vital support to families raising children with often-serious behavioral, emotional, or physical disabilities. With adoption assistance, families are able to access medical care, counseling or therapy, special equipment, tutoring programs, and other supports that help them raise their children who have special needs.

Since 1994, NACAC has operated the Adoption Subsidy Resource Center to educate parents and professionals about the benefits available to children and youth adopted from foster care in the U.S. and Canada. In this section, you will find profiles on each of the state subsidy programs, as well as a majority of the provincial adoption assistance profiles. For the U.S., we offer definitions of special needs, and fact sheets on various aspects relating to post-adoption support programs. We will be adding information specific to the Canadian system of adoption assistance, but right now much of this section is under construction.

Click here for more information about the U.S. tax credit for adoptive families. (This will open a new window in another section of NACAC's web site.)

The Adoption Subsidy Resource Center is funded in large part by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

For additional information, please contact NACAC's Adoption Subsidy Resource Center at 800-470-6665, 651-644-3036, or e-mail at

North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
970 Raymond Avenue, Suite 106
St. Paul, MN 55114
phone: 651-644-3036
fax: 651-644-9848