Three months after my speech, a 8.6 million grant to promote adoption awareness…

Posted on January 17, 2008. Filed under: Why I write | Tags: , , , , , , |

Grants to Promote Adoption Awareness.
Announcement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

October 15, 2001

For Immediate Release

Contact: ACF Press Office
(202) 401-9215


HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced the release of $8.6 million in grants to start a new program to raise awareness about adoption as an option for pregnant women.

The four grant recipients will train health care workers at federally funded health centers and clinics to provide pregnant women with information about adoption, as well as other options, when providing counseling and other services.

“Women should know that adoption often makes sense both for themselves and for their unborn children,” Secretary Thompson said. “These grants are an important step in making sure that every pregnant woman who is considering her alternatives understands the benefits of adoption.”

Congress authorized the new training program as part of the Infant Adoption Awareness Act included in the Children’s Health Act of 2000. The law requires HHS to develop and implement programs to train staff at federally funded health centers and clinics to provide adoption information and referral to pregnant women on an equal basis with other alternatives presented to the women.

HHS has developed a set of best-practice guidelines for the grantees to follow when providing this training. These guidelines were developed in consultation with 29 experts in the fields of adoption, child welfare, health services and counseling.

“These grants are an important step in making sure that every pregnant woman who is considering her alternatives understands the benefits of adoption,” HHS Assistant Secretary for Children and Families Wade F. Horn, Ph.D., said. “Potential adoptive parents are waiting to welcome children into their homes, and all children deserve a chance to flourish in a loving, permanent family. This program will bring us closer to helping both parents and children.”

The National Council for Adoption, based in Washington, D.C., received $6.1 million to implement a national training program. The other grantees will develop state and regional training programs. The grants will be jointly administered by two HHS agencies, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

The recipients of the awards, the scope of their projects and the funding levels follow:

National Council for Adoption
Washington, D.C.
National in scope
Spaulding for Children
Southfield, Mich.
Statewide in scope, with a national dissemination plan
Harmony Adoptions of Tennessee
Maryville, Tenn.
Regional in scope
Arizona Children’s Association
Tucson, Ariz.
Statewide in scope

Note: All HHS press releases, fact sheets and other press materials are available at

Not saying that I had anything to do with this, but it was nice to think that maybe, just maybe, my International Platform Association speech on my open adoption story was seen on C-Span, and the adoption packets of information I passed out to politicians during my visit to VA bore fruit.

I’m just glad it happened.


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