Fostering Connections Resource Center

Adoption Subsidy

Bill: HB 4159; Status: Enacted

Summary: Modifies the adoption support subsidy to include that the department may pay a support subsidy to an adoptive parent if specific requirements are met including that the adoptee is a child with special needs. Determines that the maximum amount of the subsidy shall be equal to the rate that the child received in the family foster care placement or the rate the child would have received if they had been in a family foster care placement. If adoption assistance is to be paid, the department and the adoptive parent or parents shall enter into an adoption assistance agreement. Provides for extension of the agreement for an adoptee under 21 if certain requirements are met including that the adoptee has not completed high school or a GED program and the adoptee is regularly attending high school or a program for children with disabilities on a full-time basis and is progressing toward achieving a high school diploma, certificate of completion, or GED.

Sponsored by Representative Smith