Studies: Money Better Spent Helping Family Than on Foster Care

Publication: Daytona Beach News-Journal

Author: Deborah Circelli

01/30/2008 - Shifting more money to help families -- whose children otherwise would be taken away by social agencies -- would help save on the billions of dollars child abuse costs the country each year, a study released Tuesday shows.

Local experts agree it's less costly to provide services to families in their homes instead of the long-term impacts of separating children from their families and placing them in foster care.

New national studies show child abuse and neglect cost an estimated $103.8 billion in 2007 because of long-range implications to children and families, including hospitalizations, mental health counseling and costs to law enforcement, jails and court systems.

Advocates are calling for Congress to give states more say in how about $7 billion in federal funding is spent instead of the majority being restricted to paying for foster care services. The studies were conducted by Prevent Child Abuse America and Kids Are Waiting, a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts, two nonprofit child-advocacy groups.

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