Utah gets $788K from feds for increasing adoptions

Utah gets $788K from feds for increasing adoptions

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah is getting $788,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for increasing the number of children adopted from foster care.

States use the adoption incentive funds they're awarded to enhance programs for abused and neglected children.

The department announced on Monday that it was awarding $35 million to 38 states and Puerto Rico.

The Adoption Incentives program was created as part of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997.

The program gives states $4,000 for every foster child adopted above a 2007 baseline, plus $8,000 for every foster child 9 and older and $4,000 for every other special needs child adopted above the respective baselines.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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