- Arizona received a $1.49M Adoption and Legal Guardianship Incentive Award
- The award was from the US Department of Health & Human Services
- This money is to help more Arizona kids find safe, loving homes
- States receive more money as children are connected to permanent homes through adoption & legal guardianship
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"All Arizona kids deserve a loving family and a safe home,” said Governor Ducey.
PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced Arizona received a $1.49 million Adoption and Legal Guardianship Incentive Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help more Arizona kids find safe, loving homes. Funding through the Adoption and Legal Guardianship Incentive Payments program is awarded based on the number of children and youth in foster care that are connected to permanent homes through adoption and legal guardianship, with states receiving more funding as more children in out-of-home care are found permanent homes. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, more than 3,500 Arizona children were adopted from foster care.
The Governor today met with the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service Administration for Children and Families Lynn Johnson, Arizona Department of Child Safety Director Mike Faust and Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family Director Maria Cristina Fuentes to accept the award and discuss Arizona’s continued work to support kids and families in need.
“All Arizona kids deserve a loving family and a safe home,” said Governor Ducey. “This funding will help Arizona amplify support for families and connect more kids in out-of-home care with a permanent home. My sincere thanks and appreciation goes to Assistant Secretary Johnson, Director Faust, Director Fuentes and all Arizonans—especially our parents through adoption—who work to protect Arizona kids.”