AdoptUSKids For Families

Post-Adoption Resources


There are many different services available to adoptive parents. If there is a particular service you’re looking for information on and don’t see listed below, contact us and we’ll do our best to point you in the right direction.


Adoption Tax Credit


The adoption tax credit allows adoptive parents of children in foster care to deduct adoption expenses from their federal taxes such as necessary adoption fees, court costs, attorney fees, traveling expenses (including meals and lodging while away from home), and other expenses directly related to the legal adoption of an eligible child. All children in foster care under the responsibility of a Title IV-E agency, including all children photolisted on AdoptUSKids, are eligible for this tax credit.

An adoptive family can apply this credit toward their federal tax liability, meaning it can offset what they owe in federal taxes for the year but cannot increase the amount of a refund.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has more information and required forms for claiming the adoption tax credit.


Adoption Subsidies and
Financial Assistance


States provide varying levels of financial assistance when adopting a child from foster care. Find out more about financial assistance that might be available to you by making use of Child Welfare Information Gateway resources below:


Respite Care and Adoption Support Groups


Respite Care

Respite care is the short-term care of a child in order to give the regular caregiver a break. Search for respite care where you live using the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center’s national respite locator service.

If you can’t find a respite care opportunity where you live, learn more about how you can partner with public agencies to develop one by reading our publications:

Parent Support Groups

Parent support groups provide the opportunity to network, share, and learn from other adoptive parents who are experiencing or have experienced the same things as you. Use Child Welfare Information Gateway’s National Foster Care and Adoption Directory to search for parent support groups near you.

Also see our resource page for people with disabilities interested in fostering and adopting.

You can also connect and share with other adoptive parents and prospective parents through our online community.


Training and Support on Parenting After Adoption


Meeting many of the day-to-day emotional needs of a child you’ve adopted will be similar to meeting the needs of any child by providing unconditional reassurance, love, and support. However, there are additional things you’ll need to know to help a child you’ve adopted work through past traumas and loss. Child Welfare Information Gateway has a great list of resources for adoptive parents on:

If there’s particular service you’re looking for information on and don’t see listed above, contact us and we’ll do our best to point you in the right direction.

Chat Unavailable

Get Social

Join the Conversation
If you have a story to share on how foster care or adoption changed your life for the better, share it with us.
Sign up for our Newsletter
Join the conversation in AdoptUSKids online communities to connect and share with families and child welfare professionals.
Know a caseworker who has gone above and beyond? Nominate them for our caseworker of the month award today!