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The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) does have an adoption assistance program that exists to help ease any financial burden that comes with foster care adoption.
Adoption Assistance Program
Adoption Assistance is almost exclusively for children that are considered “special needs” which is defined by the DFPS as being younger than 18 years old and meeting one of the following four criteria:
The child is at least 6 years of age
The child is at least two years old and a member of a racial or ethnic group that exits foster care at a slower pace than other racial or ethnic groups
The child being adopted is either being adopted with a sibling or to join a sibling
The child has a verifiable physical, mental, or emotional disabling condition (established by a qualified professional)
Medicaid health care coverage (for the adopted child)
Reimbursement for certain one-time expenses relating to completing the adoption process (up to $1,200 per adoption)
Monthly payments to assist with the child’s needs
International adoptions may also be eligible for benefits if the child is considered “special needs” at the time of adoption.
To find out if you qualify or would qualify for adoption assistance head over to the DFPS website to get a more complete view of the criteria or contact your adoption professional of choice and they should be able to answer any and all questions that you may have.