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Utah wants to help more kids at home and reduce foster care placements

on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:29
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SALT LAKE CITY — Fewer Utah children would be placed in foster homes under an ongoing effort to strengthen in-home services provided by the Division of Child and Family Services, a sought-after change in the state's care of children.

A state legislative audit in 2011 revealed a 38 percent increase in Utah foster care placements during the previous decade. The audit also showed that the number of families that received in-home support that enabled children to stay in their homes decreased by 40 percent over the same time period.

Those troubling numbers prompted a change in approach.


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Forde Inquiry and Redress of past abuse

on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:10
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The Queensland Government commissioned the Forde Inquiry to investigate the treatment of children in licensed government and non-government institutions in Queensland. The inquiry covered 159 institutions from 1911 to 1999, excluding foster care and institutions providing care for children with disabilities or those suffering from acute or chronic health problems.

The inquiry found abuse had occurred and made 42 recommendations relating to contemporary child protection practices, youth justice and redress of past abuse.

Key initiatives implemented in the area of redress of past abuse include: