The Goals of Post-Adoption
Direct Service Resources
Child Development, Health, and Medical Resources
Mental Health Resources
Newsletters and Other Periodic Publications
DHHS District Offices
BDS District Offices
Once legal adoption of a child is
completed, the adoptive parent assumes primary financial responsibility
for that child. However,
your ability to provide for your family, including adopted children, can
be stretched quite suddenly when financial burdens increase due to
medical problems, loss of employment, home repairs, or other
The following is a list of programs that
serve adoptive families and other people who are in financial need, some
state-sponsored and others from local, statewide and national non-profit
Medicaid is the national health insurance
program for low-income and disabled adults and children. Individual
states handle the day to day administrative functions, such as
enrollment, program development, and payments to medical providers.
MaineCare is Maine’s Medicaid program. MaineCare is
administered by two DHHS Bureaus - the Bureau of Family Independence,
which handles enrollment of eligible children and adults, and the Bureau
of Medical Services, which handles all other aspects of the program,
including prior authorization of services, reimbursement of providers,
and quality assurance issues. MaineCare benefits have been extended to
more people in recent years, as the State has attempted to reduce the
number of uninsured children in Maine through Cub Care, the Katie
Beckett waiver program, and prescription drug programs.
- Well checkups and sick visits
- Preventive health care
- Some surgery-rural health clinics
Mothers and Children
screening / eyeglasses
tests / hearing aids
and occupational therapy
health, including case management
Support and Referral Services
and behavorial services
equipment and supplies
for sexually transmitted diseases
nursing / personal care
adopted child can receive MaineCare benefits under the following
family meets standard eligibility requirements.
meets Adoption Assistance eligibility requirements.
qualifies under the CubCare or Katie Beckett programs.
find out if your child is eligible for MaineCare, contact your local DHHS
office for an application, or call 1-877-KIDS NOW.
State Financial Assistance Programs
State Housing Authority
Parents as Scholars (PaS)
Maine Bureau of Family Independence
(contact your DHHS District office)
PaS is an alternative to TANF (Temporary Aid for Needy
Families, formerly AFDC) designed for those who want to go to school to
become self-sufficient. This
student aid program provides the same cash benefits as TANF and support
services needed to participate.
Kim D. Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan
127 Main Street
South Portland, ME 04106
The Adaptive Equipment Loan Program provides
long-term, low-interest financial loans for adaptive equipment.
The program will lend up to $100,000 to people, businesses or
non-profit organizations to buy adaptive equipment.
Center Respite Services
99 Western Avenue, #1
Augusta, ME 04330
(207)626-7598, (207)621-6394 or 800-894-6264
Funding for respite care and recreational opportunities for
children with special needs.
Financial Assistance Programs
Expense Tax Credit
Internal Revenue Service
Parents who have adopted children with special needs can deduct
up to $10,500.00 for adoption-related expenses that are not covered by
other assistance programs. Expenses may include reasonable and
necessary adoption fees, court costs, attorney fees, traveling
expenses, and other costs directly related to the adoption process. The
full deduction amount can be accrued over a maximum of five years.
For other helpful links on the Tax Credit visit the
National Foster Parents Association website
www.nfpainc.org/ref/taxes.cfm?page=5. This site includes a link to
Casey Family Services “Federal Tax
Benefits for Foster and Adoptive Parents and Kinship Caregivers”
Tax laws do change frequently. Please contact the
IRS or a qualified tax consultant for the most accurate and up to date