RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing nearly $28 million in state funding in the next two-year budget cycle for the foster care system and adoption efforts.

The governor announced the proposals on Friday.

The budget proposals include funding to cover child welfare costs, including a 3 percent increase for payments to foster and adoptive parents. McDonnell is also proposing funding to expand foster care and adoption subsidies to age 21, as well as allowing the state Department of Social Services negotiate adoption subsidies for local departments.

The governor also is proposing a study be done to examine the impact of a state-run adoption program.

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