Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

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Adoption Assistance

Adoption assistance helps support parents raising a child with special care needs who meets the eligibility criteria for adoption assistance in Ch. DCF 50 Administrative Code. This assistance may include:

  • medical assistance for some medical costs not covered by the family's health insurance
  • a monthly amount to help care for the child
  • reimbursement of reasonable and necessary expenses to complete the adoption

For more information about Adoption Assistance, please see the brochure:

You may also call the Adoption Assistance Program at 1-866-666-5532. If you live in Milwaukee County, call (414) 264-5437.

Voluntary Adoption Assistance Forms

C = Paper Checks Mailed
D = Direct Deposit

Adoption Assistance Amendments and Medical Assistance

If you are receiving adoption assistance and feel the special care needs for your child has increased since the time of adoption, please see the brochure or call 1-866-666-5532.

The following forms must be used when requesting Adoption Assistance Amendments. 

For Children Adopted on or before June 30, 2011:

Form Name Form Number Language Form Type
Adoption Assistance Amendment Request DCF-F-CFS2092-E English PDF
Adoption Assistance Amendment Request DCF-F-CFS2092-E-H Hmong PDF
Adoption Assistance Amendment Request DCF-F-CFS2092-E-S Spanish PDF
Adoption Assistance Amendment Request - Option to Continue Current Rate DCF-F-CFS2330-E English PDF
Adoption Assistance Amendment Request - Confirmation of Needs Behavioral Characteristics DCF-F-CFS2411 English PDF
Adoption Assistance Amendment Request - Confirmation of Needs Behavioral Characteristics DCF-F-CFS2411-H Hmong PDF
Adoption Assistance Amendment Request - Confirmation of Needs Behavioral Characteristics DCF-F-CFS2411-S Spanish PDF
Adoption Assistance Amendment Request-Confirmation of Needs Emotional Characteristics DCF-F-CFS2412 English PDF
Adoption Assistance Amendment Request - Confirmation of Needs Emotional Characteristics DCF-F-CFS2412-H Hmong PDF
Adoption Assistance Amendment Request - Confirmation of Needs Emotional Characteristics DCF-F-CFS2412-S Spanish PDF
Adoption Assistance Amendment Request-Confirmation of Needs-Physical/Personal Care Characteristics DCF-F-CFS2413 English PDF
Adoption Assistance Amendment Request-Confirmation of Needs-Physical/Personal Care Characteristics DCF-F-CFS2413-H Hmong PDF
Adoption Assistance Amendment Request-Confirmation of Needs-Physical/Personal Care Characteristics DCF-F-CFS2413-S Spanish PDF

For Children Adopted on or After July 1, 2011:

Form Name Form Number Language Form Type
Adoption Assistance Amendment Request - Confirmation of Needs Behavioral Characteristics (Ages 5 to 17) DCF-F-2677 English PDF
Adoption Assistance Amendment Request - Confirmation of Needs Emotional Characteristics (Ages 5 to 17) DCF-F-2678 English PDF
Adoption Assistance Amendment Request - Confirmation of Needs Physical Personal Care Characteristics (Ages 5 to 17) DCF-F-2679 English PDF
Adoption Assistance Amendment Request - Confirmation of Needs Behavioral Characteristics (Birth to 5) DCF-F-2680 English PDF
Adoption Assistance Amendment Request - Confirmation of Needs Emotional Characteristics (Birth to 5) DCF-F-2681 English PDF
Adoption Assistance Amendment Request - Confirmation of Needs Physical Personal Care Characteristics (Birth to 5) DCF-F-2682 English PDF

If you are having issues with your adopted child’s medical assistance, please call the number on the back of your ForwardHealth Card or call 866-666-5532.

Reimbursement for Adoption Expenses of a Child with Special Care Needs

Reimbursement for some nonrecurring adoption expenses is available to:

  • Individuals who adopt a child or children with special care needs.
  • Individuals who adopt a child or children who are at risk of developing special care needs.

A signed adoption assistance agreement must be in effect with the State of Wisconsin.  The adoption must be finalized before requesting reimbursement of adoption expenses.

To learn more about requesting reimbursement of nonrecurring adoption expenses, please see the brochure:

To request reimbursement of nonrecurring adoption expenses, please use the Adoption of Children with Special Needs One Time Expense Reimbursement form (DCF-F-CFS0459-E).

Death of an Adoptive Parent(s)

To learn more about how the death of an adoptive(s) parent affects Adoption Assistance, please see the brochure: