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Promoting Adoption Success

At Sunshine Health, we understand that the needs of children adopted through the state’s child welfare system are unique.

Their physical and behavioral healthcare needs do not end after they’ve been welcomed into forever families. Our Child Welfare Specialty Plan continues to coordinate care for these children – and support families – as they grow and their needs change.

We also understand that trauma can show itself in different ways and at different points during a child’s life, often long after it is experienced. Our integrated care approach ensures a child’s emotional well-being is cared for along with his/her physical health.

You are changing the world for a child in need. We are here to help.

Welcoming a child into a family through adoption is an exciting time. The needs of children who have been adopted from foster care will change as they grow, and Sunshine Health wants you to know that we are your partner in health, now and in the future.


Our adoption advocates can help you understand the benefits and services available to your family. We coordinate physical and behavioral healthcare for your adopted child. We can also connect you and your family to needed resources, such as counseling and support groups.

Our Adoption Advocates:

  • Are local and have knowledge about providers and resources in your community.
  • Can provide support for families before a crisis happens.
  • Connect to adoption support groups in your community.

To contact our adoption advocates for help, please email


We provide training for adoptive parents on trauma informed care, child development, attachment and other topics.

You can sign up for our next trainings here.

Also, here are some adoption web sites you may want to review:


Sunshine Health Child Welfare Specialty Plan Benefits to help you and your family

  • $25 Over-The-Counter Benefit: $25 provided per household per month to buy products like cough, cold and allergy medications, first aid supplies and vitamins. View the Over-the-Counter Health and Wellness Catalog (PDF) to find products.
  • Healthy Rewards Program: Take steps to protect your child’s health and earn reward dollars for completing certain preventive health activities, such as well child visits for some age groups and weight loss coaching.
  • Care Grants: Up to $150 per child per year for services and supplies for social or physical activities, such as gym membership, sports equipment, art supplies and application fees for post high school education.
  • Transition Assistance: Up to $500 in one-time assistance for young adults transitioning out of foster care at age 18 or extended foster care at age 21.
  • Life Skills Development: Education for children ages 12 and up with developmental disabilities to help them keep, learn or improve skills and functioning for daily living.
  • Transportation: Unlimited to medical appointments; 3 trips per month for nonmedical needs.