WASHINGTON, October 16, 2001 ( – HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced the release of $8.6 million in grants to start a new program to raise awareness about adoption as an option for pregnant women. The four grant recipients – all adoption centers – will train health care workers at federally funded health centers and clinics to provide pregnant women with information about adoption, as well as other options, when providing counseling and other services.

“Women should know that adoption often makes sense both for themselves and for their unborn children,” Secretary Thompson said. “These grants are an important step in making sure that every pregnant woman who is considering her alternatives understands the benefits of adoption.” Congress authorized the new training program as part of the Infant Adoption Awareness Act included in the Children’s Health Act of 2000.

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