HHS awards $39 million to states for increasing adoptions

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Contact: Kenneth J. Wolfe
(202) 401-9215
 

The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services today awarded $39 million to 38 states and Puerto Rico for increasing the number of children adopted from foster care. States use the funds from this adoption incentive award to improve their child welfare programs.

“All children deserve loving, safe and permanent homes,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.  “It is gratifying that most states continue to excel in promoting the adoption of children from foster care. I sincerely thank every adoptive family that has welcomed a child into their home.” 

States receive $4,000 for every child adopted beyond their best year’s total, plus a payment of $8,000 for every child age 9 and older and $4,000 for every special needs child adopted above the respective baselines. The year 2007 is the baseline.

This year’s incentive award recipients completed more adoptions in 2009 than in the 2007 baseline year.

“America’s communities benefit when children grow up in stable families,” said David A. Hansell, HHS acting assistant secretary for children and families. “We’re very pleased that the adoption incentives program is helping states improve their programs and place more children into homes that are theirs forever.”

States and territories receiving today’s funding are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Puerto Rico.

FY 2010 Adoption Incentive Awards
Based on FY 2009 Earning Year
State
Award
Alabama
$1,477,397
Alaska
$719,213
Arizona
$584,582
Arkansas
$1,360,481
California
$0
Colorado
$0
Connecticut
$520,809
Delaware
$102,745
Dist of Columbia
$0
Florida
$5,718,271
Georgia
$364,921
Hawaii
$187,775
Idaho
$1,147,906
Illinois
$155,888
Indiana
$1,360,481
Iowa
$0
Kansas
$531,438
Kentucky
$1,371,110
Louisiana
$1,006,189
Maine
$113,373
Maryland
$173,603
Massachusetts
$0
Michigan
$3,511,033
Minnesota
$446,408
Mississippi
$38,972
Missouri
$510,180
Montana
$0
Nebraska
$637,726
Nevada
$467,665
New Hampshire
$49,601
New Jersey
$0
New Mexico
$658,983
New York
$0
North Carolina
$1,077,048
North Dakota
$0
Ohio
$0
Oklahoma
$1,204,593
Oregon
$637,726
Pennsylvania
$2,175,353
Rhode Island
$198,403
South Carolina
$655,440
South Dakota
$60,230
Tennessee
$0
Texas
$7,468,475
Utah
$432,236
Vermont
$0
Virginia
$14,172
Washington
$0
West Virginia
$1,030,990
Wisconsin
$276,348
Wyoming
$49,601
Puerto Rico
$382,635

 

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