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Texas Shows Biggest Increase In Children Adopted From Foster Care

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Everything's always bigger in Texas. This includes the number of children that are adopted out of foster care.

The Lone Star State deserves the award for the greatest increase in children adopted out of foster care for the fiscal year of 2009. The federal government is awarding the state of Texas for this increase with more than $7.4 million. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced earlier this week that the government awarded a total of $39 million to 38 states and Puerto Rico for increasing the number of children adopted from foster care. This is all part of an incentive to improve child welfare programs.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, states received $4,000 for every child adopted beyond their best year's total. States also received an additional $8,000 for every child adopted out of foster care that was over the age of 9 and an additional $4,000 for every special needs child adopted above the respective baselines.

The state of Texas had the biggest increase in children adopted from foster care and therefore received the most money from the federal government. Perhaps the adoption incentive program will push state government to encourage even more adoption out of foster care.

In Texas, many people might be discouraged when they learn about all the legal hurdles that are associated with adoption. However, a Houston adoption attorney can help prospective adoptive parents with all the necessary legal paperwork and can even provide representation during an adoption hearing.

Related Resources:

  • Locating a Child Available for Adoption: Top 10 Ways (FindLaw)
  • Contact a Houston Family Law Attorney (FindLaw)
  • The Adoption Option: Types of Adoption (FindLaw's Law and Daily Life Blog)

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