Post Adoption Resources

Disclaimer:This information is not intended to substitute as, or for, legal advice.

Adoption Assistance/Subsidy

College Scholarships

  • Educational and Training Voucher (ETV) The Educational and Training Voucher (ETV) is an annual federal grant provided to states for youth who were adopted after the age of 16 or aged out of foster care. Hover of the ETV tab and select your state to learn more.
  • Educational and Training Voucher FAQs Commonly asked questions about the ETV program.
  • FAFSA For children who were adopted from foster care at age 13 or older, they may consider them as an “independent student” on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. This means they do not have to count family income, and therefore are more likely to receive financial aid. Adoption subsidies do not count as income on FAFSA form.
  • Federal Pell Grant Applicants must fill out FAFSA form and meet certain requirements to qualify for a Pell Grant. Pell Grant is not a loan, and therefore does not need to be re-paid.
  • NACAC College Tuition Fact Sheet Guide to federal and state college tuition programs for children who were adopted from foster care.
  • Tuition Assistance and Scholarships for Youth A list of potential scholarship resources for foster or adopted childrenfrom the NYSCCC.
  • Point Foundation The Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential. This Foundation offers website links and information for organizations that assist with the costs associated with being a student. This includes tuition help, scholarships – general and LGBTQ specific, living stipends, textbook costs, childcare benefits, work grants, and more.

Employee Benefit Programs

  • Adopt Link Outlines the advantages to employee adoption benefits, includes a list of companies who currently offer adoption benefits, and provides a list of other adoption assistance programs.
  • Adoption-Friendly Workplace Dave Thomas Foundation compiled a list of adoption-friendly workplaces.
  • How to Lobby Your Employer for Adoption Workplace Benefits An article from Adoptive Families magazine on asking your employer for adoption benefits. Must subscribe to Adoptive Families magazine to read the article.

Federal Adoption Tax Credit

Pre-Finalization Phase

Post-Adoption Phase

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Post-Adoption Training and Support

  • AFFEC Book List A list of suggested reading for adoptive parents and children.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Provides information for parents on general pediatric issues. Information geared towards children ages 0-21.
  • Facsheets for Families Child Welfare Information Gateway’s Factsheets for Families convers topics pertaining to foster care, adoption and parenting.
  • Helping Adopted Children Cope with Grief and Loss A guidebook from Child Welfare Information Gateway on helping your adopted child cope with the losses he/she has faced.
  • Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope with Trauma A guidebook from the American Academy of Pediatrics, helping foster and adoptive parents navigate their child’s PTSD. Information includes the causes and effects of trauma, and effective parenting methods to help children heal.
  • How an Adoptive Mom Becomes a “Nurturing Enemy” The Institute for Attachment outlines how the “primal wound” effects a mother-child relationship, and provides suggestions for resources.
  • Impact of Adoption on Adoptive Parents Child Welfare Information Gateway provides a guide to identifying and coping with the emotions, and the ups and downs in the adoption process.
  • Mental Health Services Provided by State Child Welfare Information Gateway compiled a list of mental health services provided by each state and the District of Columbia. Includes links to additional information and resources.
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network NCTSN provides resources for caregivers, educators and adoption professionals on trauma and trauma-related issues.
  • Parenting After Adoption Resources Child Welfare Information Gateway compiled a resource list containing information on post-adoption related issues. Topics include adoption and school, disruption/dissolution issues, finding services, talking about adoption, creating a life book, and more.
  • Post-Adoption Resources By State Child Welfare Information Gateway compiled a list of post-adoption resources available in each state, and who to contact for more information.
  • Post-Adoption Training List Child Welfare Information Gateway compiled a list of online and state post-adoption training opportunities for adoptive families. Please note that this is not a complete list, nor is A Family For Every Child endorsing any of the trainings listed.
  • Privacy and Safety on Facebook NNEDV wrote a guide to keeping your child safe online.
  • Respite Care Providers Locate a licensed respite care provider near you using ARCH’s national respite care locator map.
  • Tips for Finding Help NCTSN provides recommendations for finding professional help in trauma-related issues.

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