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Keeping Kids Out of Foster Care

January 31st, 2008 by flanews

Members of a Department of Children and Families taskforce said if a child has to be sent to foster care, the agency has already failed. The taskforce met Thursday to discuss ways to keep parents and children together. Itís recommending ďwrap-aroundĒ services to treat symptoms of abuse such as drug use or mental illness.

ďA lot of individuals, itís not necessarily that they donít love their children, they love their children but they donít have the parenting skills. They may have a substance abuse problem or they may have a mental health problem,Ē said George Sheldon of the Department of Children and Families. ďSo if you deal with some of those root causes, itís a lot better than placing a child in foster care where he might be in five, six, seven, eight, ten different placements.Ē

The taskforce will continue to look at the issue for at least another year.

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