Posted by ethoma
An audit of the Utah child welfare and foster care systems was released on January 18, 2011, by the Utah Auditor General. While it is hardly what I might consider as a “scathing” audit, it is refreshing in its candor.
The report explains that: “Over the past decade, the number of children DCFS serves in foster care has increased by 38 percent, while the number of families receiving in-home services that allow children to remain home has decreased by 40 percent.” The auditors continue on to note:
DCFS’ focus on providing foster care services rather than in-home services is problematic for the following reasons:
- Research shows that children are best served and permanency outcomes are enhanced when children can safely remain at home with their families.
- Foster care is much more expensive than in-home services and the average duration of foster care cases is nearly four times longer than in-home cases.