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Table 2: Factors Cited by State Officials as Contributing to Increased Foster Care Adoptions
Factors Number of states
Increased emphasis on adoption in federal or state laws 3
Changes in internal processes or administrative reform 3
Increased emphasis on recruitment of adoptive parents 2
Streamlined court process or increased court-related personnel 2
An official in one state told us that she expects the number of adoptions to continue to
increase. Officials in two other states expected the number of adoptions in that state to
remain high but to not increase above the level estimated for fiscal year 1998. Officials in the
remaining two states did not offer estimates of future adoption levels.
We requested that HHS review a draft of this letter. HHS provided no substantive comments.
As we arranged with your office, unless you publicly announce its contents earlier, we will
make no further distribution of this correspondence until April 22, 1999. At that time, we will
send copies to other relevant congressional parties and to the Honorable Donna E. Shalala,
the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
If you have any questions about this information, please contact me on (202) 512-7215. Major
contributors to this correspondence were David D. Bellis, Kerry Gail Dunn, and Ann T.
Cynthia M. Fagnoni
Director, Education, Workforce,
and Income Security Issues
GAO/HEHS-99-114R Foster Care Adoptions
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