38 States Get Federal Adoption Bonuses

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says it has granted adoption incentive awards totaling $39 million to 38 states and Puerto Rico for increasing the number of children adopted from foster care.

The 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 the states’ respective baselines. The baseline year is 2007.

Texas received the highest amount, more than $7.4 million, while Virginia received the lowest amount, $14,172. The complete list is here.