Tuesday’s Child: Crystal

Tuesday's Child

Crystal is 17 years old. She is a very friendly girl, who appears to be developmentally on target for her age. 

Crystal gets along well with her peers, and she rarely gets in trouble, either at home or at school. She has participated in cheerleading, and she played the trumpet in her school marching band. 

Crystal also participates in athletics, competing on her school’s volleyball and basketball teams. Crystal also loves animals. Crystal has dreams of working with animals as an adult. 

More than her two sisters, Crystal values her alone time away from her siblings. When stressed or when she wants to relax, she prefers to be in her room reading or watching television. Crystal does well academically, and she appears to be developmentally on target. 

She does participate in counseling to help her to process past trauma.

The family that adopts Crystal will need to be a very loving, active, and structured family. She would benefit either from a two-parent family or single parent family. Crystal also has older sisters and a younger brother, who she is very close to. The adoptive family will need to be open to allowing Crystal to have continued contact with her siblings.

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What are the steps to adoption?

  1. Become licensed foster to adopt parent
  2. Complete the DFPS match process
  3. Preplacement visits
  4. Foster for 6 months

Why do I have to foster before I can adopt?

There is a six month waiting period to ensure a good fit for both you and the child, during this time period you are fostering to adopt.

How do I become licensed?

  1. Find a Child Placement agency that is a good fit for you.  There are three locally.
  2. Pass background check
  3. Attend 30-40 hours of training
  4. Home study

Are there any services for adopted children?

Yes!  Most children listed on the DFPS website qualify for adoption subsidies.  There are also different post adopt services available.

How does a child qualify for a subsidy?

Each child is looked at by DFPS to determine if they qualify.  Some of the qualifying factors are: being a part of a sibling group, age or ethnicity.

What are adoption subsidies?

  1. Healthcare coverage until the age of 18.
  2. Tuition waiver for state schools.
  3. Monthly stipend.
  4. Legal and court fees.

How much does it cost to adopt?

  1. You can expect some small expenses during the licensing process, this will differ depending upon the agency you choose.
  2. Court fees and legal expenses are often covered by adoption subsidies, if not one might expect between $1,500 and $2,500 depending upon the counsel chosen.

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