Understanding Adoption Subsidies: An Analysis of AFCARS Data. Trends Over Time

01/01/2005

Table A-8 examines state-level trends in the median subsidy amount between 1999 and 2001 to assess whether the national increase seen in Table 3-7 occurred consistently across states.(7) Eight states reported the same median subsidy amounts for the past 3 years. Between 1999 and 2001, 26 states increased their mean subsidy amounts, with the amount of increases ranging from 3 percent up to 66.5 percent. Eight states showed decrease in their subsidy amounts, ranging from 1.1 percent to 27.2 percent and two reported no change from 2000 to 2001. Eight of the nine largest states(8) showed an increase in subsidy amounts from 1999 to 2001, ranging from 5.8 (North Carolina) to 27.7 percent increase in Florida. Washington reported such an insignificant change from 1999 to 2001 as to be considered no change in subsidy amount.

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