Adoption Assistance is based on the eligibility of the special needs child at the time the child enters foster care. That is, there exists with respect to the child, a specific factor or condition, such as his/her ethnic background, age, membership in a minority group, or the presence of factors such as medical conditions or mental, physical, or emotional handicaps. Their eligibility is established prior to the issuance of the Adoption Decree. All Adoption Assistance terminates at the time the child turns 18.
The Adoption Support Group meets weekly at the Forsyth County Department of Social Serivces. The meetings are led by Adoption Social Workers. Attendees include persons who are planning to adopt, those who have children in adoptive placement, and those whose adoptions are finalized. Ideas, concerns, and issues around adopting and parenting are shared informally. Occasionally there is a more structured, educational program provided which speaks to issues of interest in parenting and/or adoption.
The family is assigned to work with an Adoption Social Worker, who provides support services, insight into adoption issues, and referrals to other appropriate agencies and community services.