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Judge orders state to continue adoption subsidies

By AP/KWMU

Kansas City, MO – A federal judge in Kansas City on Thursday at least temporarily blocked the state from limiting subsidies for adoptions of foster children.

A law that was supposed to take effect last month in Missouri would make fewer families eligible for the subsidies. But Judge Scott Wright issued a preliminary restraining order after hearing arguments from the state and from adoptive parents and child-care advocates who had filed a class-action lawsuit.

The lawsuit accuses Governor Blunt and the head of the state social services agency of pushing through an illegal series of cuts in adoption subsidies.

The new law was to make the monthly subsidy for adopting a foster child available only to families with maximum incomes of 250% of the poverty level, about about $48,000 for a family of four.

Blunt and others touted the cuts as a way to save the state $6-8 million a year.

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