Federal adoption programs extended in House vote

The bill extends for three years the Family Connection Grant program, which provides grants to groups that help make adoption arrangements. It also makes changes to the Adoption Incentives Program, which delivers funds to states that find ways to increase the number of children who are adopted.

"First, it improves the formulas behind these awards to make sure that even as foster care caseloads continue to come down, states continue to get rewards for moving children into adoptive homes," Rep. Dave ReichertDavid ReichertTax lawyers to GOP: Don't impeach IRS chief House GOP defense policy bill conferees named Lawmakers, small businesses praise employee stock ownership plans MORE (R-Wash.) said during debate on the bill.

"Second, it continues to promote the type of adoptions that have proven hardest to achieve by adding a special award for the adoption of teenage children."

And thirdly, he said it add a new grant award for guardianship relationship, which allow foster children to live with relatives.

In a separate vote, members passed H.R. 185, which names a Texas courthouse after former judge Paul Brown, who passed away last year. That bill passed 402-1.

Earlier in the day, members passed a bill requiring background checks on school workers, by unanimous consent.

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