The Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) is a federal program of financial assistance for adoptive children that goes into effect after the Adoptive Placement Agreement is signed. All adopted children who were dependents of the court qualify for AAP benefits.

Eligibility for AAP is based on the child’s special needs at the time of adoption. A child who qualifies for AAP benefits is also eligible for health care services through the Medi-Cal program. Medi-Cal can be used for most necessary medical services. When the adopting family has private medical insurance, Medi-Cal can be used as a supplemental plan.

The adoptive child is eligible to receive AAP until the age 18. In some cases, where the child has a mental or physical disability, he or she might receive AAP Program benefits until age 21. AAP will also pay up to eighteen months in a licensed residential treatment facility if the child has a documented need for residential treatment. Contact your local AAP coordinator or contact the California Department of Social Services.


Schools & Special ED

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All children who qualify for AAP benefits are also eligible for health care services through the Medi-Cal program.


Private Pay

Private pay is the primary funding source for a large majority of products and service associated with long-term care. Private pay refers to costs that are borne by the individual or his/her family. These services include a wide range of long term care products and services that are not covered by Medicare, Medi-Cal or insurance. Individuals without long term care insurance must pay for these services out-of-pocket.


Victim Witness

The Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) can help victims and family members of victims for crimes such as: domestic violence, child abuse, assault, sexual assault, molestation, homicide, robbery, drunk driving, vehicular manslaughter.