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Foster care population drops for 6th straight year

Tuesday, July 31, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Taylor Stockdell
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 Foster care population drops for 6th straight year

The number of U.S. children in foster care has dropped for the sixth straight year, falling to about 400,000 compared to more than 520,000 a decade ago, according to new federal figures demonstrating the staying power of reforms even amid economic turbulence. The drop results primarily from a shift in the policies and practices of state and county child welfare agencies. Many have shortened stays in foster care, expedited adoptions and expanded preventive support for troubled families so more children avoid being removed from home in the first place.

New data from Administration for Children and Families:


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