Recent Press Releases

Washington, D.C. —  Senator John Thune today joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in sending a letter to leaders in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives urging the reauthorization of the Adoption Incentives Program. Without Congressional reauthorization, the program will expire on September 30th.

"Adoptive parents are heroes in the lives of children across the nation," said Thune. "The Adoption Incentives Program helps place children across the country in permanent, loving homes. Allowing the program to expire would hurt thousands of children, so I strongly urge Congress to do what is necessary to make more adoptions possible."

The Adoption Incentives Program provides money to states for foster care programs based on the number of completed adoptions in that state.

In addition to calling for the reauthorization of the Adoption Incentives Program, Senator Thune has cosponsored a bipartisan resolution recognizing November 15th, 2008 as National Adoption Day. National Adoption Day is an effort to raise awareness of the 129,000 children in foster care who need permanent homes.