Three-Tiered Adoption Assistance

  • A three-tiered payment ceiling is expected to increase adoption of children with special needs.

Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) Expansion

  • FGDM is a new practice initiative that involves the extended family members in service planning to more effectively assure positive outcomes for children who have recently experienced a removal. Expansion requires 36 new FTEs.

Kinship Care Expansion

  • Statewide expansion of the kinship care pilot program that provides financial assistance and support services to family caregivers. Expansion requires 11 new FTEs in FY 06 and another 4 in FY 07.

Enhance Recruitment for Foster/Adoptive Parents

  • Funding for performance-based contracts for recruitment efforts that will increase the placement options for children removed from their homes.

Increase Post Adoption Services

  • Addresses demand for post adoption services.

Increase Adoption Placement Purchased Services

  • Would ensure child placing agencies continue to recruit and place DFPS children in need of adoptive homes.

Adoption Assistance Beyond Age 17

  • Would support adoption of children with special needs.

Funding Request

FY 2006
FY 2007
Three-Tiered Adoption Assistance $993,420 $2,185,524 $3,178,944
Family Group Decision Making Expansion 2,270,996 2,121,488 4,392,484
Kinship Care Expansion 7,797,702 8,490,879 16,288,581
Enhance Recruit-Foster/Adopt Parents 500,000 500,000 1,000,000
Incr Post Adoption Svcs 1,000,000 1,000,000 2,000,000
Incr Adoption Placement Purch Svcs 616,997 616,997 1,233,994
Adoption Assistance Beyond Age 17   1,442,403   2,522,493   3,964,896
Total $14,621,518 $17,437,381 $32,058,899
Number of FTEs 47.0 51.0  
Method of Financing:      
General Revenue $13,137,952 $15,260,470 $28,398,422
Federal Funds $1,483,566 $2,176,911 $3,660,477

Program Impact

FY 2006
FY 2007
No. of Children in FPS Conservatorship Who Are Adopted 144 144
Average No. of Children: Adoption Placement Purchased Services 12 12
Average No. of Clients Receiving Post-adoption Purchased Services 289 289
Average No. of Children Provided Adoption Subsidy Per Month 443 866

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