Following the Money- Children Sold Into Slavery by CPS

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Follow the money. CPS is selling our children into slavery.

In 2003, the incentive formula was revised to provide
payments in four categories. A state may receive a maximum
of $8,000 per child:
• $4,000 for each child in foster care adopted above the
established baseline of children adopted from foster care;
• $6,000 for each child in foster care adopted whom the
state classifies as having special needs, as long as the
state also increases the total number of children adopted;
• $8,000 for each older child in foster care (age 9 or
older) adopted above the baseline of older foster child
adoptions, as long as the state also increases the total
number of children adopted; and
• $4,000 for each older child in foster care adopted above the
baseline of older foster child adoptions when the number of
older foster child adoptions increases, but the overall number
of children adopted from foster care does not increase.
The 2003 law also reset the target number of adoptions
a state must reach to receive a bonus payment. Under the
current formula, to receive a payment in any of the categories
(overall adoptions, special-needs adoptions, or older-child
adoptions), a state must exceed the number of adoptions in
these categories set in FY 2002. For any subsequent year,
the baseline is the highest number of adoptions in 2002
or later. The law allows Congress to approve $43 million
annually for the payments. If states cannot draw down all
the funds, the money is returned to the federal government
and not reallocated for other adoption efforts. Since the
2003 reauthorization, national numbers of adoptions have
remained at approximately 51,000 per year and the amount
of incentives provided to states has decreased.
Issues for the 2008 Reauthorization of the
Adoption Incentive Fund
As Congress prepares to reauthorize this fund in 2008, several
issues will arise. One is the suggestion that this fundbe converted into a “permanency” incentive fund. Under this
proposal, states would be rewarded for placing children not
only into adoptive homes, but into the other two permanency
settings—kinship care and family reunification. The challenge
to this proposal is how you measure successful kinship
placements and permanent reunifications of children with
their families.
A second challenge is the current baseline for awarding
bonuses to states. Under the current structure, a state must
always exceed its highest year. This structure becomes
increasingly difficult as time goes on. One option that may
address this problem is to have a rolling average over a two
or three year period that will reward states that increase
adoptions from one year to the next.
A final challenge is the use of adoption incentive funds.
Funds awarded to states for increased adoptions do not
necessarily have to be spent on adoption-related activities.
At the federal level, Congress annually appropriates funds
for the Adoption Incentive Fund and if all of those funds are
not awarded to states, the remaining federal appropriations
are returned to the federal treasury instead of being allocated
for adoption activities at the federal level.
Current federal adoption supports are important, but maintaining
the status quo is insufficient. Despite strides to promote
adoptions, the need continues, as these statistics reveal:
• The number of children adopted from foster care has
increased in recent years: 28,000 in 1996; 31,000 in
1997; 37,000 in 1998; 47,000 in 1999; 51,000 in 2000;
51,000 in 2001; 52,000 in 2002; 50,000 in 2003; 51,993
in 2004; and 51,323 in 2005.
• Of the 153,000 children in foster care in 2005, approximately
114,000 were waiting to be adopted.
• In 2005, 66,000 children in foster care had parental
rights terminated for all living parents.
• Of the children waiting to be adopted from foster care as
of September 2005, 36% were black non-Hispanic, 40%
were white non-Hispanic, 15% were Hispanic, 4% were
mixed race non-Hispanic, 2% were Native American or
Alaska Native non-Hispanic, and 3% were of undetermined
• In 2005, the median age of children waiting to be adopted
was 8.4 years. Four percent of the children waiting to be
adopted were younger than 1 year; 33% were ages 1 to 5;
25% were ages 6 to 10; 29% were 11 to 15; and 8%
were 16 or 17.
• Of the children adopted from foster care in 2005, 2%
were younger than age 1; 51% were ages 1 to 5; 28%
were ages 6 to 10; 16% were 11 to 15; and 3% were 16
to 18.
• Of the children adopted from foster care in 2005, 60%
were adopted by their foster parents, 15% were adopted
by a nonrelative, and 25% were adopted by a relative.

About yvonnemason

Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple
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