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Special Needs Adoption With Adoption Choices of Texas

When looking to adopt a child, you may find that you keep hearing databases and agencies refer to a “special needs” adoption. At first, many adoptive parents are inclined to believe that a special needs adoption involves a child who has a learning or emotional disability such as autism or down syndrome. However, a disability is only one possibility of what would be labeled a special needs case in the adoption industry. Which begs the question, what exactly is a special needs adoption, and what does it mean for you? At Adoption Choices of Texas, we want to make sure you fully understand what a special needs adoption is so that you can make an educated decision on whether it is right for you. 

If you need help with adoption now, you can call us at 888-307-3340, text us at 888-307-3340, or email us here.

What Is a “Special Needs” Adoption?

A special needs adoption involves a child who, as the term suggests, has a special set of circumstances that would warrant a modified adoption process. Many of the children who fall under special needs are deemed less likely to be easily placed with an adoptive family than their fellow adoptees. As mentioned above, for adoption the phrase “special needs” does not exclusively pertain to children with learning or emotional disabilities. In fact, each state has different criteria for what can legally be considered a special need. In the state of Texas, special needs adoptions involve a child who is:

  • Six or more years of age
  • Two or more years of age and part of a racial or ethnic group that is statistically proven to remain in the foster care system longer than other racial or ethnic groups.
  • Born with or looking to be placed with a sibling 
  • Professionally diagnosed with a mental, emotional, or physical disability

A child only needs to fit one of these guidelines for the adoption to be considered special needs, although a child could fall under multiple of these categories. 

What Are The Benefits of a Special Needs Adoption?

Aside from slight differences in the documentation, the main difference between a traditional adoption and a special needs adoption is the ability to apply for adoption assistance. Adoption assistance is funding provided by the state to adoptive parents to help finance the adoption process and the cost of childcare. Currently, Texas adoption assistance covers:

    • Health care for the adoptee– Coverage for doctor’s visits (such as pediatric, psychiatric, dental, and eye care) as well as medical equipment, and transportation
    • Singular adoption expenses– Adoptive parents can receive funding for adoption-related expenditures such as legal fees including court and attorney fees. It can also be used to cover any payments made to Adoption Choices of Texas 
  • Recurring expenses– A monthly adoption assistance can be put into place to cover any financial impact that an adopted child’s special needs may have upon a family. This can be applied to areas such as educational needs, childcare, or even to maintain sibling or familial communication. The amount given each month in adoption assistance depends on the needs of the child and the financial condition of the family

Is a Special Needs Adoption Right For Me?

Adoption assistance can motivate many to consider special needs adoption, however, it should not be the only factor weighed when choosing a child to adopt. It is important to remember that some of the elements of a special needs adoption that separate it from a traditional adoption may require specialized care and attention for the duration of the child’s life. To decide if a special needs adoption is the right option for you, we recommend you answer the following questions with your family:

  • Are you equipped to accommodate any special needs the child may have?
  • Are you prepared to handle any learning or physical obstacles you may encounter?
  • Does your financial situation enable you to take care of a child, especially one requiring special care?
  • Do your insurance and medical plans cover any needs that your child may have?
  • Are there accessible doctors that cover and specialize in the emotional or physical challenges of the potential adoptee?
  • Can the local school district handle the special needs of the child in the proper educational environment?
  • Have you connected with any parents of children with similar needs to the child you are looking to adopt?
  • Do you have access to proper training for whatever special needs your child may have?
  • What ethnicity and age would best fit your family dynamic?

Interested in a Special Needs Adoption?

If after reviewing the above information, you and your family agree that a special needs adoption is right for you, Adoption Choices of Texas is here to help. Our team of adoption experts will guide you through the needed amendments and alterations required to address a special needs adoption. In addition, we will support you in applying for and obtaining any adoption assistance that you are eligible for. A special needs adoption today, means your child and family will feel special in every way.

As an expectant woman or birth parent, to learn more about adoption, contact Adoption Choices of Texas. You can call us at 888-307-3340, text us at 888-307-3340, or email us here. If you are hoping to adopt, please visit us here. We look forward to helping you through your adoption journey!

As an expectant woman or birth parent, to learn more about adoption, contact Adoption Choices of Texas. You can call us at 888-307-3340, text us at 888-307-3340, or email us here. If you are hoping to adopt, please visit us here. We look forward to helping you through your adoption journey!

PeterMeet the Author: Peter is a writer and editor based in New York. Currently studying at Binghamton University, Peter is majoring in English Literature and Rhetoric. Whether working with Marketing Choices or the mental health blog, Runaway, Peter seeks to provide comfort and warmth to those around him through his writing. A huge advocate for change, Peter looks to promote adoption, mental health awareness, disability awareness, and environmental improvement. Forever looking to make meaningful connections, Peter can be found with a group of friends or going on walks and waving to anyone he passes.

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