Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb and U.S. Administration of Children and Families Assistant Secretary Lynn Johnson on Thursday announced Indiana as the top state in the nation for increasing the number of children adopted from foster care.
Johnson awarded Indiana an adoption and legal guardianship incentive award of more than $4.7 million during a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse on Thursday, which can be used to enhance the state’s child welfare system.
“The Trump Administration is awarding this adoption and legal guardianship incentive award because leaders in the state have worked hard to find more permanent homes for children in need,” said Johnson. “We thank Gov. Holcomb and the state of Indiana for focusing on adoptions, helping to build a culture of life in America.”
Gov. Holcomb announced earlier in 2020 the creation of the first adoption unit within the Department of Child Services.
The unit brings additional staff into each region whose sole focus is to assist family case managers with finding permanent homes for children when parental rights have been terminated.
In fiscal year 2019, 2,489 of Hoosier children were adopted through the Indiana DCS (DCS).