HHS Awards $35 Million to States for Increasing Adoptions Yes Georgia Will be Receiving the Funds


HHS Awards $35 Million to States for Increasing Adoptions
Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:01am EDT
WASHINGTON–(Business Wire)–
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today awarded $35 million
to 38 states and Puerto Rico for increasing the number of children adopted from
foster care. States use the funds from the adoption incentive award to enhance
their programs for abused and neglected children.

“Adopting a child from foster care is a wonderful way to enrich any family`s
life,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “We congratulate the states that
performed so well this year and we thank the parents who are providing loving
and permanent homes.”

The Adoption Incentives program was created as part of the Adoption and Safe
Families Act of 1997. The original program authorized incentive funds to states
that increased the number of children adopted from foster care. In order to get
payments, states had to increase the number of children adopted relative to
baseline data.

Under the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008
(P.L. 110-351), the adoption incentives were revamped to provide stronger
incentives for states to redouble their efforts to find children – particularly
older children and children with special needs – loving adoptive homes. In
addition, the law introduced the concept of an adoption rate, which is derived
from comparing current year adoptions to the number of children in care at the
end of the previous year. States receive additional money if they exceed their
highest foster child adoption rate for previous years back to 2002. The Adoption
Incentive program gives states $4,000 for every foster child adopted above their
2007 baseline, plus a payment of $8,000 for every foster child age nine and
older and $4,000 for every other special needs child adopted above the
respective baselines. In addition, states receive $1,000 for every foster child
adopted over and above the level of the state`s highest foster child adoption
rate for previous years.

“We are pleased with the positive results states have achieved under the new
adoption incentive guidelines,” said David Hansell, acting assistant secretary
for children and families. “Older children with special needs are the hardest to
find homes for, but they are especially deserving of the safety and stability of
an adoptive family.”

States receiving today`s funding are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas,
California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana,
Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,
Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North
Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South
Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Puerto Rico also
qualified for an incentive award.

A list of each state`s adoption incentive award amount can be found at
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/news/press/2009/fy09_adoption_incentive_awards.htm.

Note: All HHS press releases, fact sheets and other press materials are
available at http://www.hhs.gov/news.

ACF Press Office
(202) 401 9215

Copyright Business Wire 2009

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 Lulu.com 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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