|10 Things Every Foster-to-Adopt Parent in Virginia Should Know|
If a child in your foster home is not eligible at the time of adoption for federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI), then they may not be able to receive any adoption assistance payments or services once you take legal custody. While the child may not have any special needs at the time you are considering legal custody, please be aware that many times these special needs may not become evident for years. In addition, for a child to become SSI eligible after adoption is much more difficult for families. We know that adopting a child is NOT about the money, but the child may need some very special assistance that you cannot afford, so please weigh this option very carefully.
Another caution about legal custody if the parental rights have NOT been terminated, then you are the only person who will be working with the courts and the birth family. You will not have a local social services staff person able to intervene on your behalf, any more.