Adoption and Financial Assistance: Tools for Navigating the Bureaucracy

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Why Adoption Support Groups?

She discovered with great delight that one does not love one's children just because they are one's children but because of the friendship formed while raising them.

-- Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1928)


ELEMENTS OF ADOPTION SUCCESS
There has been a great deal of research about what elements go into a successful special needs adoption. Certain elements show up again and again in these studies and can be grouped in seven categories, including:
adequate financial assistance
full disclosure about the child's history, behavior, and needs
preparation of the child to live in the new family
ongoing and frequent contact with the adoption agency
parent advocacy skills (financial, educational, medical, and others)
training and information about adoption issues, behavior management, and parenting
a support network of relatives, friends, and other adoptive families

THE IMPORTANCE OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

This book deals primarily with the first category, adequate financial assistance, which not only benefits children by encouraging adoption, but saves tax dollars in the long-term by shortening foster care stays

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