Family pushes for adoption subsidy bill

A Wabash Valley family is pushing for a bill that would provide financial help to parents who adopt Hoosier kids.

Posted: Feb 24, 2019 9:29 PM
Updated: Feb 24, 2019 11:32 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A Wabash Valley family is pushing for a bill that would provide financial help to parents who adopt Hoosier kids.

Indiana Senate Bill 398 is moving forward. It's a story we've been covering for you on News 10. We sat down with a local family to learn more about why they're supporting the bill.

"I have people say all the time, oh he is so blessed to have you and I say no, you don't understand, we are blessed to have him."

Last Monday, the Senate Family and Children Services Committee unanimously approved the bill. It is co-authored by Terre Haute Republican Jon Ford.

The bill would give families who adopt children from the state's welfare system an allowance. It requires the adoption subsidy to be no less than half of what the families were getting while they were foster parents.

Michelle Earley and her husband Mike are foster and adoptive parents. They say they aren't in it for the money. They just want the kids to have a better life with permanency.

Michelle Earley says, "It's about the kids and it's about permanency and it's about putting them in homes where they're loved."

This bill could be discussed more this week.

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