WASHINGTON, D.C. Utah was named with New York and the District of Columbia to receive $25 million each from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for achieving significant decreases in out-of-wedlock births.
"Recognizing the dignity of every human person and encouraging healthy marriages and stable families are essential to welfare reform," said HHS Assistant Secretary for Children and Families Wade F. Horn. "This Administration is awarding these bonuses to New York, Utah and the District of Columbia for lowering their out-of-wedlock birth rates while decreasing their abortion rate."
The awards are part of the seventh round of bonuses to states and territories for reductions in out-of-wedlock births, under the welfare reform law of 1996.
"When children grow up in a stable family with a mom and dad in a healthy marriage, they do better in school and a whole host of other indicators," said Sidonie Squier, HHS director of the Office of Family Assistance. "I congratulate New York, Utah and the District of Columbia for their support and commitment to children and families."