Group Homes For Foster Kids To Be Eliminated In Favor Of Individualized Options
An estimated 50 additional foster families are needed to make the reforms work in Stanislaus County.
With Group Homes Coming To An End, Stanislaus County Seeks Families To Care For Troubled Foster Kids
State-mandated reforms to foster care will eliminate group homes in Stanislaus and other counties, and bring other changes expected to challenge the child welfare system. About 3,000 of the 60,000 foster children in California – who are removed from their parents due to abuse or neglect – are placed in group homes for special therapy and care. But long-term residential care has not met the needs of the state’s most troubled foster youths, lawmakers believe. The state wants to reduce reliance on group homes and place those young people in safe, comfortable homes with relatives, foster parents or adoptive families who are trained and given professional support to meet their needs. (Carlson, 1/20)