• November 2006
  • Vol. 7, No. 8

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HHS Awards $11.6 Million to States for Increasing Adoptions

In September, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced its annual award of adoption incentive payments to States. HHS awarded a total of $11.6 million to 21 States for increasing the number of children adopted from foster care. States will use the adoption incentive awards to enhance their child welfare programs.

States receiving incentive payments completed more adoptions in 2005 than in the baseline year, which is the year with the highest number of adoptions for the period 2002 through 2004. States will receive $4,000 for every child adopted beyond their best year's total, plus a payment of $4,000 for every child age 9 and older, and $2,000 for every special needs child adopted above the baseline year.

The total number of adoptions with public agency involvement is estimated at just below 51,500 for FY 2005, up from about 50,700 in FY 2004. Currently, approximately 114,000 of the 513,000 children in foster care are waiting to be adopted.

To view the complete list of awards, go to:

www.acf.hhs.gov/news/press/2006/adoption_incentive_prog.htm

To read the HHS press release on adoption incentive awards, go to:

www.dhhs.gov/news/press/2006pres/20060908.html

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