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Reducing the Use of Congregate Care in PA

Every child deserves to grow up in a home where they are a part of a loving and nurturing family. In the unfortunate instance where a child is removed from the home due to abuse or neglect and placed in the foster care system, there are two primary options for placement: a family-based setting or a group home or institution, often referred to as “congregate care.”

For Pennsylvania foster youth aged 13-20, family strengthening efforts like family finding and family engagement services through the state’s General Protective Services (GPS) system are critical. The use of congregate care for youth in this age range has been especially prevalent in recent years, as more than 40% were placed in a congregate care setting on any given day in 2015. Increasing family strengthening efforts could help facilitate deeper support for birth families from their relatives, and could lead to the greater use of family and kin as foster family homes, ensuring every child has a chance to grow up in a family-based setting regardless of age.

To learn more about how Pennsylvania can continue to become less reliant on congregate care placements, check out our latest report, Congregate Foster Care in PA


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# Posted By torrie william | 4/18/17 8:26 AM
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