Languishing in Foster Care

Brief Analyses | Social

No. 228
Wednesday, May 14, 1997
by the NCPA

More than half a million American children are in government-run foster care today. The federal government dictates -- and funds -- much of foster care policy, but states carry it out. Originally intended to provide safe, temporary homes for abused children, the $12 billion foster care system frequently keeps children in care for years -- long after they are legally free to be adopted.


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