Assessing the Field of Post-Adoption Services: Family Needs, Program Models, and Evaluation Issues. Summary Report. 3.6 Funding


Funding levels varied widely, with state funds and Title IV-B Subpart 2 most commonly used.

Two distinct patterns of funding PAS programs were seen among the five states visited, use of state funding and use of Title IV-B Subpart 2 (Promoting Safe and Stable Families program) funds. Virginia required its lead PAS contractor to contribute a 10 percent match toward the cost of the program. None of the five states reported using funding from the Adoption Incentive Program for PAS.

Annual funding for PAS in 2001 varied widely across states, ranging from $500,000 in Oregon to between $8 million and $9 million in Georgia. Given the variations in population size and program eligibility among the five states, it is difficult to compare funding levels across states, but funding levels clearly varied with the provision of higher cost services such as crisis intervention (in Georgia) and residential care (in Texas).

Adoption program managers and other officials in several states were concerned that the dramatic increase in adoption the past several years will increase future needs for PAS and require additional funds to support it. Among services providers, concern was widespread regarding the current levels of funding. Although no states reported waiting lists for PAS services, some had to restrict availability of higher cost services such as crisis intervention and residential treatment.

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