That’s Medicaid
Health insurance coverage provides people with access to the care they need—when they need it. That’s Medicaid shares stories of people helped by Medicaid at critical points in their lives.

When You Want to Adopt

A Lifeline

Valerie H. / Brandon, South Dakota

Her story in four photos

“Without Medicaid there would have been absolutely no way for us to adopt our boys.”

Valerie, a pediatric nurse, and her husband Christopher wanted to adopt two sons from foster care, both with challenging health conditions, but were not sure if they could afford the medical bills.

Valerie learned both children were automatically covered by South Dakota Medicaid because of their time in foster care. The children, now 2 and 5, will stay on Medicaid until they are 18 or graduate high school, whichever comes first.

Secure in the knowledge that they could support their kids, Valerie and Christopher adopted both boys. Though they still face significant health challenges, the brothers are flourishing in their new family.

“Without Medicaid there would have been absolutely no way for us to adopt our boys.” Valerie says. “Medicaid lets us focus on the most important thing, taking care of them.”