• As of 4/1/21, Medical Subsidy policy was updated. Policy changes were made based on observed needs of the families the Adoption and Guardianship Assistance Office works with every day, their suggestions, as well as suggestions from community partners working with adoptive and guardianship families. Some of the changes include increased funding allotted for medical and dental needs not covered by insurance, increased flexibility with tutoring and camp funds to allow families to access services that will best meet their child's needs, and expansion to mental health funding, including the addition of respite funds, to promote the utilization of community treatment options. To view the complete policy, AAM 640, click the link below. Please contact your assigned ongoing worker for additional information on services that can support your family and the prior approval process to receive funding.

  • Important updates for anyone receiving payments from the State of Michigan. Please read carefully. PDF icon

    Payments made to foster care parents, private providers, adoptive parents, and service providers will be processed a new system called SIGMA (Statewide Integrated Governmental Management Applications) beginning October 3, 2017.

  • Additional Adoptive Parent Resources PDF icon
  • Important News from the Adoption and Guardianship Assistance Office:

    Our staff are busily working to make contact with all families who have incomplete annual reports for the year 2020. We are reaching out via phone, mail and email in an attempt to assist parents who have not yet completed the annual report this calendar year. Each child receiving assistance must have a completed annual report every year. The annual report must be completed during the child’s birth month in order for payments to continue. If you did not complete your child’s annual report for 2020 and their birthday has passed, please watch for a communication from the Adoption and Guardianship Assistance Office (AGAO) and contact the analyst assigned to your case, so that we may assist you.

    Thank you and be well!

    AGAO Staff Contact List

Post-Adoption Parent Resources

Adoption Assistance Payments

Adoption Assistance is paid monthly. Allow normal mailing time after the payment date and wait at least five days after the tentative payment date to report that you did not receive your check. EFT payments post to your account one day after the issue date listed in the schedule.

For questions about adoption assistance, click here for a list of contacts.


Pay Period Tentative Warrant Date
January Thursday, January 7, 2021
February Thursday, February 4, 2021
March Thursday, March 4, 2021
April Thursday, April 8, 2021
May Thursday, May 6, 2021
June Thursday, June 10, 2021
July Thursday, July 8, 2021
August Thursday, August 5, 2021
September Friday, September 10, 2021
October Thursday, October 7, 2021
November Thursday, November 4, 2021
December Thursday, December 9, 2021


Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

Sign up for EFT to allow the state to deposit funds directly into your bank account. Reasons you may want to use EFT include:

  • EFT payments are safer than checks. No need not worry about your state payments being lost or stolen when receiving an EFT.
  • Problems with EFT payments can be resolved in as little as twenty-four (24) hours, compared to an average of two weeks for paper checks.
  • EFT payments are easier than checks. Once you sign up for EFT, you don't have to go to your bank to use or access funds.

Sign up through the State of Michigan SIGMA Vendor Self Service (VSS). If you need help with this process, view the registration tutorial. You can also download the Electronic Funds Transfer (Direct Deposit) Authorization for Vendor Payments form online

If you have problems with online enrollment, call 888-734-9749 for assistance. If you move, be sure to update your address online and with the Adoption and Guardianship Assistance office.

SIGMA Support Sites:

Making Modifications to Your Account:

Viewing Financial Transactions related to your account:

Change of Address

Address changes must be submitted in writing. Be sure to include:

  • Parent's name
  • Phone Number
  • Child's Name
  • Child's Date of Birth
  • Complete Old Address
  • Complete New Address
  • Effective Date of New Address
  • Parent's Signature

If you do not use EFT for your subsidy payments, be sure to submit this information as soon as possible to avoid a delayed check payment.

Mail the information to:
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Adoption and Guardianship Assistance Office, Suite 612
P.O. Box 30037
Lansing, MI 48909