Minnesota has a long history of opening our hearts and homes to children who through their special needs may provide a challenge for parents. These kids often have been through the social welfare system and the court system and may have been neglected or abused. There are currently about 600 kids in this situation looking for permanent homes in Minnesota. Berg, Debele, DeSmidt & Rabuse, P.A., has for many years helped create families for these needy children.
Anyone who is interested in exploring this kind of opportunity should either contact the local county Department of Human Services or an adoption agency that deals with these special-needs kids. Agencies such as the Children's Home Society and Family Services, Lutheran Social Services, and Hope International are all involved in helping find "forever families."
There are also various cost and expense incentives in these situations. In most cases, there is no charge for the home study preparation as it is paid by the state. There are also tax deductions and credits available for any costs actually incurred. Lastly, adoption assistance or subsidy assistance is available to help families with ongoing costs related to the unique needs of these great kids. (See the specific, detailed discussion of subsidy issues elsewhere on the BDD&R website.)
Berg, Debele, DeSmidt & Rabuse, P.A., is committed to helping create families of all kinds and with a specific interest in providing the necessary expertise to build "forever families" for all children. Please call us with questions or if we can help with any issue.