Adoption subsidies explained


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – It’s good news for thousands of adoptive parents across Indiana.

About 1,800 additional families will now receive payments from the state.

“These families are going to get the financial backing to help them care for these special needs children, and I think it speaks volumes from Governor Pence’s administration,” said Kristi Cundiff, Region Aid Adoption Champion, Indiana Adoption Program.

Adoption Subsidies have long been the norm for any parent adopting a child in the U.S. Since 2009 Indiana has not been making those payments, creating a financial burden for thousands of families.

“Most of these children and their families that deserve to get the financial help from the subsidy are typically seeing a psychologist, and they are seeing a psychiatrist for medication management,” said Cundiff.

As an adoptive parent Cundiff is familiar with the financial struggle.

“It is a huge financial responsibility to provide a developing child with a home, and food, and clothing, and a warm bed to sleep in at night,” said Cundiff.

While the amount a family receives will vary, parents with special needs children could receive up to $25 a day in financial backing.

“Special needs would be medication that wouldn’t be paid for by the Medicaid they receive, or any adaptive technology they might need to help them learn,” said Cundiff.

It’s one way the state is trying to address the needs of Hoosier families and promote adoption.

“I’m just thrilled that we can now say we don’t have a subsidy wait list for our kids in Indiana, and our kids are going to be supported by our state,” said Cundiff.

The decision is a win-win for both parents and children.

“They will have a forever family that will provide a stable environment, and they will just continue to flourish and grow,” said Cundiff.

Adoptive parents who have questions about the state adoption subsidies can contact DCS at centralized.eligibility@dcs.in.gov or (877) 265-0086.

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