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The Adoption Promotion Act of 2003 is a U.S. federal statute that was signed into law by President George Bush. The Act reauthorized the adoption incentive payments program under part E of title IV of the Social Security Act. The bill authorizes $43 million per year in performance-based incentives to states that are successful in increasing the number of children adopted from foster care.
The main provisions of the Act include:
Amended title IV-E to revise requirements with respect to States eligible to receive Adoption Incentives payments to provide payments for special needs adoptions that are not older, child adoptions and adoptions of older children .
Modified requirements with respect to determination of numbers of special needs adoptions that are not older children as well as adoptions of older children.
Authorized the Secretary to impose specified penalties against a State for failure to provide necessary data to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS).