Tuesday’s Child: Richard & Jessie

Tuesday's Child
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Richard and Jessie are two peas in a pod. They both love to play with Legos and build things. They both like to look for lizards outside and generally enjoy any outdoor activity. Richard and Jessie also enjoy swimming, basketball, and football. They both love to play video games as well as going fishing. Both boys constantly want to be outdoors.

Richard is a sweet and sensitive child who is pleasant to be around. He is developmentally delayed by a couple of years. He has learned to cry in order to get his way and often needs reminders to complete tasks. Richard is in the 6th grade, does well in school and qualifies for special education services. Richard is very close to his brother and this relationship is a priority for him.

Jessie is equally attached to his brother. He is an active child that likes to stay busy which can sometimes play out as restless. Jessie has a need to constantly be moving so he needs help in getting him settled down and focused. Jessie has been diagnosed as dyslexic and receives 504 services at school. He is in the 4th grade and is doing well in school. Jessie has learned to get his way by being whiny. Like any child, he can occasionally be argumentative but consistent direction and guidance will help him continue to improve on these behaviors.

Richard and Jessie need a family that will be very structured and consistent. They also need a family who will love them equally for who they are as brothers and as individuals. They need firm boundaries, clear expectations and lots of activities to keep them busy.

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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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