State Sets New Adoption RecordContact:
John Truscott (517) 335-6397
Governor John Engler announced today that Michigan's Family
Independence Agency and contractual adoption agencies have helped
2,775 special needs children move into permanent homes in fiscal year
2000, exceeding the FY 1999 total of 2,417 and resulting in a 15 percent
increase in the number of children who were placed with a permanent
"Through the combined efforts of the FIA and private adoption
agencies, thousands of at-risk children have been placed in homes where
they will receive the loving support they both need and deserve,"
said Governor Engler. "As a result of successfully finalizing these
adoptions, Michigan is eligible to receive a $1.8 million incentive
payment from the federal government."
Pending Congressional approval, the funds will be allotted later in
2001 to be spent in the fiscal year beginning in October.
Michigan received more than $2 million for meeting federal adoption
goals last year. The FIA worked with parent groups and private agencies,
then used the funds to develop and enhance existing community-based,
post-adoption services around the state, and fund continuing education
programs for professionals and parents.
Under terms of the incentive program, states are paid a set amount
based on each state ward adoption finalized after the state reaches a
baseline requirement. Michigan exceeded their baseline total for FY 2000,
therefore qualifying for the incentive payment.
The federal government created the incentive payment program as part of
the national "Adoption 2002" initiative. The goal is to double
the number of adoptions nationwide between 1996 and 2002. Funding for the
incentive program is an outgrowth of the 1997 federal Adoption and Safe
The Family Independence Agency exclusively represents the interests of
state wards children who were removed from their birth home for abuse or
neglect and whose parents have legally surrendered or otherwise lost their
parental rights. The agency does not participate in private or
The 2000 total represents children in adoptions finalized by a family
court during the fiscal year. Before 1998, public agencies reported
adoption placements during the year, or the number of children placed with
families, some of which may not have been legally finalized.