Adoption Support Quarterly Newsletter - Winter Issue

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Winter Issue:

Hello, Adoptive Families! We hope 2024 has been off to a great start!

Our program has been busy, assisting families in ensuring a smooth transition from foster care to adoption, and helping connect our families who already receive adoption support benefits to resources and supports.

Federal Adoption Tax Credit 2023

little boy blowing the soap bubbles in the park with his grandfather

For families who finalized their adoptions in 2023, this is important information for you!

Based on your income and tax situation, you may be able to benefit from the Federal Adoption Tax Credit. For adoptions finalized in 2023, the amount of the credit is $15,950. In addition, all children adopted out of foster care with an Adoption Support Agreement are able to qualify as “special needs” for the purpose of the adoption tax credit. This means that families can claim the full amount of the credit, regardless of expenses actually paid for the adoption.

Adoption Support Program staff are not tax professionals, and therefore, are unable to give tax advice. However, we can provide you with a copy of the letter you received post-adoption finalization, that verifies the child was considered “special needs”.

Resources for additional information regarding the Federal Adoption Tax Credit:

Visit DCYF's Adoption Support Webpage!

Adoption Support Program | Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families

Important News

In the coming weeks, we will be sending out a survey by email to adoptive parents. Your input and feedback is not only extremely valuable but is critical to assist us in better supporting you, your child and your family!

Adoption Support is Here to Help!


Please reach out to us at anytime!

Adoption Support Information Sessions

Join Us to Learn More About:

  • Adoption Support program
  • Eligibility and application process
  • Benefits available through the program

Adoption Support Information Sessions occur the first Wednesday of every month.

Pick the time slot that works best for your schedule.

12-1 p.m. |  Meeting Registration - Zoom

6-7 p.m. | Meeting Registration - Zoom

What to Know When Moving After Adoption

Caregiver laughing with kindergarten child in the schoolyard.

Per your Adoption Support Agreement, you do need to let the Adoption Support Program know if you have moved, so we have your most recent address for benefits you receive and program communications.

The easiest way to do this is to email your assigned program consultant, with all information listed on this page of our website: Requesting a Change | Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families.

If you don’t know who your assigned consultant is, that is okay! Our program contacts page under “Program Staff” instructs you on who to contact to connect you with the appropriate consultant: Contacts | Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families

Service Spotlight: Mental Health Services


Although mental health services may not be needed until years after the adoption has taken place, at some point your child may need to see a mental health professional due to emotional, behavioral, or developmental challenges.

It is often helpful to sort out which issues are common to all children, and which issues are related more specifically to children who were adopted. Through the Adoption Support Agreement, you can access mental health support for your child through either:

  • Medicaid, or
  • As a Preauthorized Service

Medicaid: To access services through Medicaid, you will contact that insurance program directly. If you live in Washington State, you may have Coordinated Care of Washington, or another insurance plan.

  • To contact Coordinated Care of Washington:
  • To contact the Foster Care & Adoption Support Team (if you’re unsure of your Washington State medical plan):
    • Call: 1-800-562-3022 ext. 15480

Preauthorized Counseling: If you have identified a mental health provider that does not accept your child’s insurance or your family’s private insurance, our program may be able to assist financially with this service. Reach out to the program staff prior to service beginning for information and process.

To learn more, please review the Preauthorization form & protocol:

Community Resource: Paid Family & Medical Leave (PFML)

Sunflower Mom and Baby

Paid Family and Medical Leave supports Washingtonians, and lets you take paid time off when you need it most. It’s here for you when a serious health condition prevents you from working, when you need time to care for a loved one or build a relationship with a child new to your home.

Most people who work in Washington are able to use Paid Leave to help replace some of their paycheck during these important times.

Many of our families may be supporting their children and youth with a variety of needs, taking them to appointments and services, and taking time off work. Paid Leave may be able to assist you during that time.

For more information about the program, eligibility and applying, please visit:

Resources for Adoptive Families

Washington State Specific:

Our website offers information on internal and external resources available to families. We keep it updated on an ongoing basis.

This internal publication provides detailed information about the Adoption Support program and accessing resources. It is available in a variety of languages.

While these sessions are geared more for families prior to adoption finalization, anyone is welcome to attend as a refresher for our program, and connect with team members!

Did you know as an adoptive parent, you have access to FREE trainings and discussion groups offered through The Alliance? They provide trainings on hundreds of topics in various formats, including e-learnings, Webinars, in-person trainings, and discussion groups, with topics ranging from Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) to ABC’s of Autism, Behaviors and Coping Strategies.

Coordinated Care also offers support groups and trainings for the community: Apple Health Events | Coordinated Care (

Other Relevant Resources:

A national resource committed to “nurturing, inspiring and empowering children, teens, their families and the professionals who support them”. They offer FREE education opportunities and resources for adoptive families.

  • Families Rising (previously NACAC) – Families Rising provides information, support, and advocacy for the adoptive and foster care community.

This organization connects the public to information resources and tools on a wide variety of topics, including adoption.