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A Positive Shift in Foster Care Placements

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.”

Despite the proven benefits of family-based care, about 1 in 6 foster care placements in Pennsylvania last year involved congregate care. While Pennsylvania has made progress in recent years towards greater use of family-based settings, the most recent national data placed Pennsylvania 41st among states in efforts to move way from congregate care.

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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