VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- How many families who adopted special needs children could use less support from the state of Washington?
The Legislature told the state Department of Social and Health Services to ask.
The department recently sent letters to more than 9,000 families, requesting a voluntary reduction in their monthly support payments.
The Columbian reports those who can accommodate a reduction are asked to let the department know. The state cannot cut the payments on its own because they're set in contracts with families. Amounts range from about $400 to $1,400 per child and total about $91 million this year.
Special needs children include those with mental or physical disabilities, minorities, sets of siblings and older children.
The request was ordered by the Legislature as lawmakers look for ways to cut spending.