"Difficult-to-place child" is a term used in state rules to describe certain children eligible for financial assistance in the adoption process. In the state of Florida, one or more of the following criteria qualifies a child for adoption assistance:
- A child whose permanent custody has been awarded to the department or to a licensed child-placing agency.
- A child who has established significant emotional ties with his or her foster parents.
- Eight years of age or older.
- Developmentally disabled.
- Physically or emotionally handicapped.
- Significant emotional ties with foster parents or a relative caregiver.
- A member of a racial group that is disproportionately represented among children.
- A member of a sibling group of any age, provided two or more members of a sibling group remain together for purposes of adoption.