Foster Care Reductions and Child Safety
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Ensuring Safe, Nurturing and Permanent Families for Children
Updated May 2011

This paper is the fourth in a series of Casey Family Programs white papers on improving the nation's child welfare system.

The purpose of this white paper is to explore how child safety has been impacted as the number of children in foster care has declined, and to identify strategies that can safely sustain foster care reductions.

Given the prevailing importance of safety, it is both reasonable and responsible to examine whether the reduction in foster care has affected the safety of children served by child welfare agencies.

After careful review of available evidence, Casey Family Programs believes that children who have come into contact with the child welfare system have been overall as safe, and possibly safer, during this era of foster care reductions as when the number of children in foster care was at its peak.