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March 2018Vol. 19, No. 2Adoption Savings Information for Federal Fiscal Year 2016

Since federal fiscal year (FFY) 2015, title IV-E agencies have been required to determine and report their annual adoption savings, which are the funds resulting from savings agencies achieve by applying the expanded title IV-E program eligibility criteria to applicable children. Agencies are required by law to spend an amount equal to what they saved on other child welfare services permitted under titles IV-B and IV-E of the Social Security Act. This 2016 report compiles data from state and tribal title IV-E agencies' reported adoption savings as well as background information on adoption savings requirements.

Some highlights from the report include:

  • Fifty-seven title IV-E agencies reported a cumulative calculated national total of $183,011,750 in adoption savings in FFY 2016.
  • Of these funds, $84,817,448 were spent in FFY 2016 and FFY 2015.
  • The remaining funds ($98,194,302) must be spent in future FFYs.

Information on each title IV-E agency's Adoption Savings and expenditure information are also included in two tables. The report, Federal Fiscal Year 2016 Adoption Savings Plan, is available at (198 KB).