Assessing the Field of Post-Adoption Services: Family Needs, Program Models, and Evaluation Issues. Analysis of Secondary Data. 3.3.2 Payment Level of the First AAP Payment

11/01/2002

The first AAP monthly payment was $404, on average. Exhibit 19 shows the payment level of the first AAP monthly payment by demographic characteristics. Families with adopted girls received a slightly higher payment than adoptive families with boys. When children's ages at placement were three or older, they received about $50 more than those who were in the age range of two or less. The payment level of adoptive families with white children was higher than for families adopting children of other races. Adopting mothers who had educational backgrounds with high school or less received less AAP payment than those who had higher educational background. In terms of family income, middle income adoptive families had higher payment levels than low income or high income families. These differences in rates may be attributable to the overlap in child and family characteristics  for example, white families may be more likely to adopt older children and to have higher incomes.

Exhibit 19.
Payment Level of the First AAP Payment, by Demographic Characteristics
Demographic characteristics Payment level of the first AAP
(Average in dollars)
Child's gender Male 397
Female 410
Child's age at placement 0 -2 383
3 or older 434
Child's race White 409
Hispanic 402
Black 389
Others 386
Education of adopting mother High school or less 389
Some college/trade school 421
Four year college or more 407
Family income (quartiles) <$26,442 399
$26,443 - $36,000 411
$36,001 - $48,761 410
$48,761+ 395
Total   $404

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