Understanding Adoption Subsidies: An Analysis of AFCARS Data. Endnotes

01/01/2005

1.  State subsidy profiles include the maximum basic adoption assistance payments for each state as provided by state administrators to NACAC.

2.  Discrepancies in data between the adoption file and the foster file that was restricted to children discharged to adoption are likely due to some states' practice of underreporting foster care discharges and more accurately reporting adoption data, which is used to calculate adoption incentive awards.

3.  Analysis based on age at entry into care may produce different results.

4.  Ohio is noted as a model program based on its inclusion of four categories beyond the Federal required ones.

5.  For example, Florida reports the first of the following criteria that applies: disability, race, age, other.

6.  Excluding New York which was missing subsidy amounts for all their cases.

7.  Eight states had more than 30 percent of their data missing; therefore these states are omitted from this discussion.

8.  Excluding New York, which was missing subsidy amounts for all their cases.

9.  Including Nebraska with adoption data based on only five children who were reported to have been adopted by their foster family.

10.  Excluding New York which was missing subsidy amounts for all their cases and Washington, which reported $0 or $1 payment amounts for foster care children eligible for this analysis.

11.  Eligible children were defined as those who had a goal of adoption and/or had parental rights terminated, excluding those aged 16 and older with a goal of emancipation.

12.  Excluding New York which was missing subsidy amounts for all their cases.

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