Incentives for Providing Permanent Families for Children

The U.S. government gives Florida's administration a bounty of $4000 for each foster child adopted in the state. Florida receives an extra $2000 if that adopted child has special needs. Public Law 105-89 was enacted by the 105th Congress on November 19, 1997, to "promote the adoption of children in foster care." This excerpt from Title II--Incentives for Providing Permanent Famalies for Children explains the rules for getting the bounty:

SEC. 201. ADOPTION INCENTIVE PAYMENTS.

(a) In General.--Part E of title IV of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 670-679) is amended by inserting after section 473 the following:
42 USC 673b.

"SEC. 473A. ADOPTION INCENTIVE PAYMENTS.

"(a) Grant Authority.--Subject to the availability of such amounts as may be provided in advance in appropriations Acts for this purpose, the Secretary shall make a grant to each State that is an incentive-eligible State...
"(b) Incentive-Eligible State.--A State is an incentive-eligible State for a fiscal year if--
"(1) the State has a plan approved under this part for the fiscal year; "(2) the number of foster child adoptions in the State during the fiscal year exceeds the base number of foster child adoptions for the State for the fiscal year; "(3) the State is in compliance with subsection (c) for the fiscal year; "(4) in the case of fiscal years 2001 and 2002, the State provides health insurance coverage to any child with special needs (as determined under section 473(c)) for whom there is in effect an adoption assistance agreement between a State and an adoptive parent or parents; and "(5) the fiscal year is any of fiscal years 1998 through 2002.
"(c) Data Requirements.--
"(2) Determination of numbers of adoptions.--
"(A) Determinations based on afcars data...
"(d) Adoption Incentive Payment.--
"(1) In general...the adoption incentive payment payable to a State for a fiscal year under this section shall be equal to the sum of--
"(A) $4,000, multiplied by the amount (if any) by which the number of foster child adoptions in the State during the fiscal year exceeds the base number of foster child adoptions for the State for the fiscal year; and
"(B) $2,000, multiplied by the amount (if any) by which the number of special needs adoptions in the State during the fiscal year exceeds the base number of special needs adoptions for the State for the fiscal year...[Click here to read full text.]

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