In this article, unless the context otherwise requires:

1. “Application” means the completion of the department application form with documentation of the child’s special needs and nonrecurring expenses related to the adoption.

2. “Child” means a person who is under the age of eighteen years and who is adopted in this state or placed for adoption from this state.

3. “Nonrecurring adoption expenses” means reasonable and necessary adoption fees, court costs, attorney fees and expenses which are directly related to the legal process of adoption of a child with special needs including costs relating to the adoption study, health and psychological examinations, supervision of the placement before the adoption, transportation and reasonable costs of lodging and food for the child or adoptive parents which are incurred to complete the adoption process, meet federal requirements and are not reimbursed by other sources.

4. “Special needs” has the same meaning as provided in section 8-141.