By: AP
By: AP

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama is receiving $1.5 million from the federal government for increasing the number of foster children adopted through the Department of Human Resources.

Gov. Bob Riley will join adopted children, parents and DHR officials at a Montgomery playground Wednesday morning to celebrate the federal award. The governor's office said the award was the fifth largest given a state for increasing the number of adoptions.

A total of 676 children were adopted last year through Alabama's adoption system. That's a record high number of adoptions for the
state in one year.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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