Clinton calls for increased adoptions of foster children Goal is to double number during the next 6 years

December 15, 1996|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON -- President Clinton directed the federal government yesterday to take steps to double the number of children moved from foster care to adoption during the next six years.

Clinton announced the initiative in his weekly radio address, this time joined on the air by his wife, Hillary, by adoptive families and by children hoping for a permanent home.

"I can think of no better way to fulfill the promise of this season than to bring a child into a family, and a family to a child," Clinton said.

The president's drive to increase adoption continued the family-centered themes that Clinton unveiled throughout his election campaign.

Clinton directed the Department of Health and Human Services yesterday to report back to him in 60 days on steps that can be taken to ensure that 54,000 foster children a year -- up from 27,000 a year now -- are adopted by 2002.

Mrs. Clinton said earlier this year that she and her husband might consider adopting.

White House officials said yesterday that the Clintons had decided to postpone any decision on adoption until after the president is out of office.

Pub Date: 12/15/96

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