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Foster care, HHS could do more to support states' efforts to keep children in family-based care : report to the Committee on Finance, U.S. Senate.

Author: United States. Government Accountability Office,; United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Finance,
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : United States Government Accountability Office, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : National government publication : English
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About 14 percent of the more than 400,000 children in foster care nationwide lived in congregate care at the end of fiscal year 2013, according to HHS data. Given the importance of family-based care to foster children's well-being, GAO was asked to review state use of congregate care. This report examines (1) how selected states have reduced their use of congregate care; and (2) some challenges with reducing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Online resources
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Material Type: Document, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: United States. Government Accountability Office,; United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Finance,
OCLC Number: 944266019
Notes: "October 2015."
"GAO-16-85."
Description: 1 online resource (ii, 31 pages) : color illustration, color maps
Other Titles: HHS could do more to support states' efforts to keep children in family-based care
Health and Human Services could do more to support states' efforts to keep children in family-based care

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About 14 percent of the more than 400,000 children in foster care nationwide lived in congregate care at the end of fiscal year 2013, according to HHS data. Given the importance of family-based care to foster children's well-being, GAO was asked to review state use of congregate care. This report examines (1) how selected states have reduced their use of congregate care; and (2) some challenges with reducing congregate care placements, and efforts HHS has taken to help states reduce congregate care. GAO analyzed child welfare data from HHS; reviewed relevant federal laws, regulations, and documents; and interviewed state child welfare officials in eight states--Connecticut, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Washington. In four of these states, GAO also visited and spoke with local child welfare officials and congregate care providers. The selected states varied in their use of congregate care and geographic location, but cannot be generalized nationwide. GAO also spoke with child welfare experts. What GAO Recommends: GAO recommends that HHS take steps to enhance its support of state actions to reduce use of congregate care as appropriate, by, for example, collecting additional information on state efforts and sharing best practices. HHS concurred with this recommendation.

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