JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri is getting a $500,000 bonus from the federal government for increasing the number of foster care children who were adopted.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service uses 2007 as a baseline year and gives states $4,000 for every child adopted beyond their best year's totals. Additional bonuses are given for adoptions of special-needs children or those 9 and older.
Missouri is getting $510,180 as a result of increasing its adoptions in 2009. That amount ranks Missouri 22nd out of 38 states receiving the bonus payments.