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This petition asks you to reconsider your plan to means test Missouri Adoption Subsidy and Subsidized Guardianship.

The Missouri Adoption Subsidy and Subsidized Guardianship Programs offer help in the form of a minimal stipend to offset the substantial costs of caring for formerly abused and neglected children with significant special needs. Means testing will delay permanence for children who deserve a forever family. Means testing places an undue burden and hardship on children who started off their lives in abusive environments, addicted to drugs in utero, or who suffer from medical or mental illnesses or conditions and the heroic families who are committed to providing a safe, stable and loving environment in which they can grow to be productive adults.

Missouris Adoption Assistance Program is designed to support abused and neglected children in new families. Children, who have suffered such severe abuse and neglect that they should not be placed in adoptive families without assistance, are going to have their options limited to lower income families. In addition, if Missouri reneges on its contractual responsibilities to Missouri kids, kids who are already adopted are at risk of returning to foster care and kids who are waiting for families will continue to wait.

The Subsidy program is not duplicated under any other agencies or organizations. Without the minimal financial assistance provided through this program, fewer adoptions and relative guardianships will be legalized. Middle income families who might be interested in adopting special needs children will be discouraged from proceeding as the financial burden of caring for special needs children may be too great to bear.

Studies show that adopted children fare significantly better in the long run than children who are unable to find permanency in a loving family. Youth who age out of foster care are significantly more likely to drop out of high school, become teen parents, get involved with drugs and alcohol, enter the prison system, and be dependent on state aid.
Adopted children mirror the traditional family population in terms of outcomes. The majority of adopted children are able to become productive citizens.

Eliminating this program will rob our states most vulnerable abused and neglected children of the opportunity to find what they need most, a stable, loving and committed forever family. Instituting means testing will condemn children with serious needs to foster or residential care indefinitely; costing the state substantially more than the subsidy they would have received.

Please save Missouris children from a short-term budget cut that will create a long-term financial drain on our state, negative outcomes, and an unbearable burden on children who have already suffered too much.

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