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February/March 2002Vol. 3, No. 2FY 2002 Funds Appropriated for Health and Human Services

Federal appropriations for programs related to child abuse and neglect, child welfare, and adoption for FY 2002 were signed into law January 10.

The FY02 appropriations law, P.L. 107-116, appropriates $370 million for the Promoting Safe and Stable Families program, a $65 million increase from FY 2001. The law also appropriates $30 million for the Compassion Capital Fund, a new program requested by President Bush to further his Administration's Faith-Based Initiative aimed at expanding the pool of faith- and community-based organizations that deliver federally funded social services.

The bill increases funding for adoption awareness activities from $9.9 million to $12.9 million. The additional funds will be used to implement adoption awareness activities for children with special needs. Infant adoption awareness activities also will continue to be funded. Both activities were authorized under the Children's Health Act of 2000, but the special needs awareness program has not been funded until now.

Several initiatives proposed by President Bush were not funded, including maternity group homes, a plan to mentor children of prisoners, a new fatherhood initiative, and a proposal to provide education vouchers to youth aging out of foster care. President Bush has resubmitted his proposal for education vouchers as part of his 2003 budget.

The final appropriations bill was reported out of the House and Senate conference committee in December and was signed by President Bush on January 10.

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