HHS Awards Incentive Funds to States

On September 15th the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the award of $39 million, under the Adoption Incentive program, to 38 states and Puerto Rico for increasing the number of children adopted from foster care.

The Adoption Incentive program was created under the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997. The program was reauthorized and strengthened under the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. From this, states receive additional federal funding for exceeding their highest foster child adoption rate since 2002 and for the increase of adoptions of older youth and children with special needs. Click here for a list of fiscal year 2010 state-by-state awards.

California did not increase its adoption number of youth out of foster care enough to receive incentive funds this year, although the state did qualify last year. A growing trend in California is fewer placements for adoption and more placements with relatives and other forms of permanency.

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