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Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System.2 The fifth state conducted a manual count of
finalized adoptions; although that state included the name of each foster child in the
tabulation of fiscal year 1998 adoptions, it did not do so for the earlier base numbers. Thus,
with the exception of the base numbers for one state, all five states could identify the
individual children included in their counts.
Table 1: State Estimates of Finalized Foster Care Adoptions in Fiscal Year 1998
Fiscal year 1998 Percentage
State Baseline total Fiscal year 1998 Number change Percentage
estimated total change
Connecticut 207 314 107 51.7
Florida 987 1549 562 56.9
Illinois 2,200 4,423 2,223 101.0
Iowa 350 537 187 53.4
Texas 880 1,548 668 75.9
Source: Adoptalk (Winter 1999), p. 2.
ASFA CITED AS CONTRIBUTOR TO INCREASED ADOPTIONS
The emphasis on adoption in ASFA was among several factors that state officials cited as
contributing to an increase in fiscal year 1998 foster care adoptions over the base numbers.
Other factors included administrative reform, such as assigning additional staff to efforts to
move children toward permanent placement; increased recruitment efforts, such as state
funding for recruitment of adoptive parents for children with special needs; and court-related
changes, such as an increase in the number of staff attorneys to help caseworkers prepare
cases for court reviews.
GAOHEHS-99-114R Foster Care Adoptions
'The federal Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) is the primary source of federal administrative
data about foster care and adoption. It allows HHS to perform research on and evaluate state foster care and adoption programs,
and it assists HHS in targeting technical assistance efforts, among other uses.
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