30. September 2010 10:28
Michigan increased the number of children placed in adoptive homes in 2009 to 3,030 – an 11 percent increase over the previous year – and in the process earned $3.5 million in federal funds. Lutheran Adoption Service, a joint effort of Lutheran Social Services and Lutheran Child & Family Service of Michigan, placed 264 children in 2009, a 12 percent increase over 2008. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $39 million to 38 states and Puerto Rico for increasing the number of adoptions they completed. A spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Human Services said the incentive award will be earmarked for adoption services.