Subsidy for Sibling Group/Older Child Adoption

Great news in the adoption community in Ontario!  Hopefully this will get children into adoptive homes sooner!  This really would have been handy in 2010.

Targeted Adoption Subsidy

Financial Assistance for Adoption and Legal Custody

Children’s aid societies (CASs) provide supports to families who give children in their care a home through adoption, legal custody, kinship and customary care. As of June 15, 2012, CASs will provide additional financial help to families who are adopting or taking legal custody of Crown wards who are siblings or 10 years and older. The Siblings and age 10 + subsidy is tax free.

Who is eligible for a sibling and 10+ subsidy? 
You are eligible if:
1. You have taken legal custody of a child or children on or after June 15, 2012, OR have a child or children who are Crown wards placed in your home for adoption on or after June 15, 2012.
2. You are eligible if the child you adopt is 10 years of age or older. You are also eligible if you adopt a sibling group of 2 or more children.
3. Your family has a combined annual net family income of $85,000 or less.

How much is the sibling and 10+ subsidy?
Eligible families will receive $950 per month (or $11,400 annually) for each eligible child.

How do I apply? 
You may apply for this or any other subsidy available through your CAS as part of your adoption or legal custody application. To be eligible for the sibling and 10+ subsidy, you will be asked for proof of your combined annual net family income, as shown on line 236 of your most recent Canada Revenue Agency personal income tax return.

If I am eligible, when will I start receiving the sibling and 10+ subsidy?
You will begin to receive the subsidy when the child or children are placed in your home for adoption, or on the date of the legal custody order. The subsidy will continue until the child or children turn 18, as long as you continue to meet the eligibility criteria. Your CAS will review the eligibility criteria every year.

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