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The Adoption Assistance Program can remove barriers for families adopting a child when they may not otherwise be financially able to do so. The coordinator will work with the family to help offset out-of-pocket expenses making it possible to incorporate the child into the family. This is not intended to reimburse parents for the full cost of raising a child, but can include:
The Guardianship Assistance Program can provide financial and medical assistance to help support the child’s special needs when relative caregivers of children in foster care assume legal guardianship. The coordinator will work with the family to help offset out-of-pocket expenses incurred to incorporate the child into the family. This assistance can include:
If you are a certified ODHS Child Welfare resource family and want to learn more about the guardianship and adoption assistance programs,
sign up for one of our monthly trainings hosted by our coordinators.
Families adopting children with special needs can get help if they don’t have enough income to pay for the services their adoptive child or children will need.
To be eligible, all of the following must be met:
Note: You need to negotiate and have an adoption assistance agreement in place before the adoption is finalized.
A child in the care or custody of the Department or participating tribe is eligible for guardianship assistance payments when all the following requirements are met:
A child who is ineligible for federal guardianship assistance payments may be eligible for state-funded guardianship assistance payments when requirements 3 through 8 above are met and the child is in the care or custody of the Department.
Note: You need to negotiate and have a guardianship assistance agreement in place before the guardianship is established.
Things to consider when requesting assistance benefits:
Adoption or Guardianship Assistance Program benefits are negotiated and agreed to before the adoption or guardianship is finalized.
To apply, you will:
Mailing addressAdoption and Guardianship Assistance Programs500 Summer St NE, E71
Salem, Oregon 97301-1068 Phone: 503-947-1134 Fax: 503-378-8424
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