16. What is Subsidy (Adoption Assistance)?

Subsidy is a program designed to support families adopting children that meet the federal definition of special needs.  It is not intended to replace the adoptive families legal responsibility to meet the needs of the child.  Eligible children are:

  • 6 years old or older
  • 2 years old and a member of a racial or ethnic minority
  • A member of a sibling group being adopted together
  • Have been professionally diagnosed with a disability or handicapping condition