Nation's Child Welfare System Doubles Number of Adoptions From Foster Care.
McDonald, J. M. Salyers, N, S. Testa, M.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. School of Social Work.
Published: October 2003
Publication Information: Urbana, IL: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Social Work, Children and Family Reseach Center.
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Sponsoring Organization: Pew Charitable Trusts.
In fiscal year 2002, the Department of Health and Human Services offered $14.9 million in incentive payments to states for increasing adoptions of children from state-supervised foster care. The enactment of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 called for doubling the number of adoptions out of foster care by 2002, a goal that was met and even exceeded. Some states, such as Illinois, tripled their adoption numbers within the first three years, leaving an insufficient backlog of children in foster care to continue making permanency placements at the same rate. A focused effort coupled with financial incentives produced the desired results. Yet more than 540,000 children remain in foster care, indicating the work still to be done. A chart compares states baseline (1995-97) yearly adoption averages with totals for each year from 1998 through 2002.
child welfare agencies; state social service agencies; foster adoption; foster adopt placement; financial assistance; adoption subsidies; adoption; foster care