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Adoption Assistance Connections (AAC)

If you were adopted from Ohio foster care at age 16 or 17, your adoptive parents may be able to continue to receive a monthly adoption subsidy until you reach the age of 21, as long as you meet the following criteria:

  • You are currently age 18 and under the age of 21
  • You were 16 or older when the original Adoption Assistance agreement became effective.
    • What this means: Your adoptive parents signed a form before you were adopted called an Adoption Assistance Agreement. The effective date of this form is determined by the date the last person signed the document. You must have turned age 16 before this effective date. This date is often before the date your adoption was finalized.
  • Your adoptive parents can provide documentation of their parental responsibility.
  • You meet at least one of the following criteria:
    • Completing secondary education or a program leading to an equivalent credential
    • Enrolled in a college or other post-secondary school 
    • Participating in a program or activity designed to promote, or remove barriers to, employment 
    • Employed at least 80 hours a month 
    • Incapable of doing any of the above activities due to a physical or mental health condition
  • You are not married.
  • You are not enlisted in the military.

This subsidy is paid to your adoptive parent(s) so they can continue to support you as you transition to becoming a self-sufficient adult through full-time employment or continuing your education post high school. 

To learn more about the Adoption Assistance Connections to Age 21 (AAC) subsidy program or to obtain an application call (614) 466-1213, or send an email to AdoptionAssistanceToAge21@jfs.ohio.gov

Detailed information on program eligibility requirements for Adoption Assistance Connections can be located on this AAC to 21 Fact Sheet

Other post adoption resources that may assist you can be located on this AAC to 21 Post Adoption Resource List