The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) provides financial
assistance in a program designed to make adoption possible for children under the
care of DCFS who would otherwise remain in foster care until they reach adulthood.
Such children are considered special needs children and meet one of the following
Child has an irreversible or non correctable physical, mental, or emotional disability;
Child has a physical, mental, or emotional disability correctable through surgery,
treatment, or other specialized service;
Child is one year of age or older;
Child is a member of a sibling group who are being adopted together where at least
one child meets one of the criteria above; or
Child is being adopted by adoptive parents who previously adopted, with adoption assistance,
another child(ren) born by parents but who is no longer a legal sibling.
To qualify for adoption assistance, the adoptive parent of a special needs child in
Illinois must submit an application in order to receive payment and must be recertified
annually. Under the adoption assistance program, the income and resources of neither
the child nor the parent are taken into consideration in establishing eligibility.
Consequently, they are available for deeming to the adopted child (SI 01320.141)