Michigan's Adoption Subsidy Programs
Information for Prospective Adoptive Parents
Based on each individual child's circumstances, one or more of these subsidy benefits may be available to support his/her adoption. The adoptive family's income does not affect subsidy program eligibility.
Adoption Support Subsidy and Nonrecurring Adoption Expenses
In order to quality for Adoption Support Subsidy and Nonrecurring Adoption Expenses, a child must meet the state's eligibility criteria as a child with special needs.
Special needs means:
Adoption Medical Subsidy
In order to qualify for Adoption Medical Subsidy, a child must meet the following eligibility criteria:
Eligibility for all subsidy programs is determined by the Adoption Subsidy Program Office at the DHS Central Office in Lansing. If a prospective adoptive family requests Adoption Subsidy, their Adoption Worker completes the applications. The following timeframes for applications are set by Michigan law:
After a complete application has been submitted, the Adoption Subsidy Program Office makes a determination of elibigility and sends a response to the Adoption Worker. The response will include a legal agreement for all approved programs, or denial information for the prospective adoptive parent(s). Adoption Support Subsidy agreements must be signed by both the prospective adoptive parent(s) and the DHS Adoption Subsidy authorized representative before moving forward with adoption.
Adoption Support Subsidy
By law, Adoption Support Subsidy monthly payments are based on the foster care rate that the child received prior to adoption. When the legislature increases foster care rates, most subsidy rates for adopted children are increased by the same amount. If the child has, or is eligible for, income from other sources (Social Security benefits, Veteran's benefits) the amount of the monthly Adoption Support Subsidy payments may be reduced.
Nonrecurring Adoption Expenses (NRE)
For the child who has an approved NRE agreement, the Adoption Worker and adoptive parent(s) complete the Nonrecurring Adoption Expenses Claim Form (DHS-4815) and submit it to the Adoption Subsidy Program Office. The deadline for submissionof the Claim form is two years from the adoption finalization date. Reimbursement checks are mailed directly to the adoptive parent(s) or their designated third party.
Adoption Medical Subsidy
Adoption Medical Subsidy is a reimbursement program to assist with the costs of medical and mental health care for eligible children. If provides reimbursement for treatment of approved conditions that are specified in the Medical Subsidy Agreement. After the child's Medical Subsidy Agreement is signed and the child placed for adoption, the adoptive parent or health provider may submit bills to the Adoption Subsidy Program Office.
This brochure contains general information only. For more information, prospective adoptive parents should direct questions first to their adoption worker and/or the adoption supervisor. Specific Adoption Subsidy Policies are available to the public on the internet at
The Adoption Subsidy Program Office is located at: