Florida's adoption success earns federal money

5:18 PM, Dec 8, 2011   |    comments
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Tallahassee, Florida - Florida's increasing success in finding adoptive homes for foster children is translating into more cash from the federal government for adoption incentives.

Florida will receive nearly $4 million for the adoption program. That money is expected to be used to pay families who adopt foster children. Anyone who adopts a child from foster care receives $417 a month until the child turns 18.

The federal cash award is based on the number of children adopted last year, as well as the number of children with special needs who were adopted.

More than 3,000 Florida foster children found permanent homes last year. There are still about 800 children in Florida waiting to be adopted.

For more information, go to www.adoptflorida.org.

Dave Heller