Raymond W. Godwin

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Greenville Adoption Blog

Are you eligible for adoption assistance?

You may be eligible for a variety of South Carolina adoption assistance programs if you choose to adopt a special needs child currently in foster care and available for adoptive placement. The South Carolina Department of Social Services oversees all of these programs and determines which adoptive children and families qualify for the various types of assistance on a case-by-case basis.

Eligible children must meet one or more of the following special needs criteria:

  • African American or blended racial heritage age 6 or older
  • Caucasian age 10 or older
  • Member of a sibling group, one of whom is a special needs child
  • Has a physical, mental or emotional disability
  • At risk of developing a physical, mental or emotional disability prior to adoption

Why is grandparent adoption more common nowadays?

Multigenerational family living arrangements are now commonplace across South Carolina and around the country. Economic constraints, like dual-income families unable to afford daycare, and higher costs of living are a big driving force behind this development, as are:

  • The trend of parents going back to school later in life to further their career prospects
  • Couples choosing not to marry until older (if at all)
  • One parent being deceased, estranged, incarcerated or addicted

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