Adoption Q&A #8
If adopting parents are not sure whether the child they seek to adopt is eligible for adoption assistance, should they proceed with the adoption and have the question decided later?
There are times when children are born with certain health or other conditions that may qualify them for adoption assistance payments. We advise adopting parents to withhold finalization of adoption until the issue of adoption assistance eligibility and the amount of assistance payments have been determined. The State of Wisconsin will need to be involved in the determination process. Although there have been limited cases in some jurisdictions which eligibility has been determined on a retroactive basis, as a general rule, adoption assistance activities should be completed before the adoption is finalized or it may be possible to lose benefits that would otherwise have been available.