Tuesday’s Child: Nate

Tuesday's Child
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Nathaniel, who prefers to go by Nate, is a very intelligent youth. He enjoys playing board games, putting together puzzles, and anything else that challenges his mind. He also enjoys being outside and fishing.

Nate does very well in school and enjoys socializing with his friends. Nate is a hard worker and loves to read as well. He tends to be a follower and sometimes has trouble expressing his true feelings as he only wants to please people. Nate is currently involved in the Juvenile Justice system. He has recently completed sex offender treatment successfully.

Nate will be best matched with a family who is loving, nurturing, and committed to him. He will thrive in a home with structure, routine, and clearly defined boundaries. Nate needs to be the only or youngest child in the home.

He has a brother in care as well who is not part of this adoption. The family will need to be committed to ensuring continued contact with his sibling. Nate needs a family who will not only love him but be his voice and advocate for him. The family needs to have clear rules in their home and be able to enforce them.

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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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