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December/January 2013Vol. 13, No. 11The Role of Adoption Subsidies

For children in out-of-home care who cannot return home, adoption provides better outcomes than long-term foster care. A new report shows that using subsidies to achieve permanence through adoption for these children also is more cost-effective for States than long-term foster care.

The report, The Vital Role of Adoption Subsidies: Increasing Permanency and Improving Children's Lives (While Saving States Money), shows that the use of subsidies increases the rate of adoption from foster care and helps adoptive families better meet children's need for services. At the same time, subsidy rates are generally lower than foster care rates, and increasing the number of adoptions of children from foster care can qualify a State for an Adoption Incentive Award from the Federal Government.

The report was produced by the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute in collaboration with the North American Council on Adoptable Children and Adoption Support and Preservation (ASAP). It is available from the Adoption Institute website:  (857 KB)

The Adoption Institute also produced a factsheet related to the report. Resources for Advocates provides links to sources of State adoption data and State child welfare policy. The factsheet is also available on the Adoption Institute website: (512 KB)