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Kansas receives $531,000 for increasing adoptions

TOPEKA – Kansas has increased the number of children adopted from foster care since 2007 and this year receive $531,000 from the Department of Health and Human Services for their success.

States receive $4,000 for every child adopted beyond their best year's total, plus a payment of $8,000 for every child age nine and older and $4,000 for every special needs child adopted above the respective baselines. The year 2007 is the baseline.

"All children deserve loving, safe and permanent homes," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "It is gratifying that most states continue to excel in promoting the adoption of children from foster care. I sincerely thank every adoptive family in the state Kansas that has welcomed a child into their home."