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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Money for Children-

Texas biggest winner in federal adoption bonuses
Texas won more money than any other state for increasing its number of adoptions in 2009.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $39 million to 38 states and Puerto Rico today for increasing the number of children adopted from foster care.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services received $7.5 million — ahead of Florida, which received $5.7 million, Michigan’s $3.5 million and Pennsylvania’s $2.2 million.

The bonuses were calculated in comparison to 2007 as the baseline year.

Texas completed 855 adoptions in 2007, but slipped to 807 in 2008. In 2009, the number rose to 957, according to the department’s Data Book 2009.

States received $4,000 for every child adopted beyond their best year’s total, plus $8,000 for every child age 9 and older and $4,000 for every special needs child adopted above those figures in 2007.

“States use the funds from this adoption incentive to improve their child welfare programs,” an HHS news release said.

For a list of awards given to each state, click here.

For more information about adoption in Texas, click here. To view children waiting for a forever home, click here.

Texas children adopted from state custody 2006-2009

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