Foster Care Crisis

September 27, 1991 • Volume 1
Experts stress need for more programs aimed at keeping families together
By Kenneth Jost


The number of children in the nation's foster care system has risen sharply in recent years. Child welfare agencies face a crisis brought on by deteriorating social conditions and budgetary constraints. Rising teen pregnancies and maternal drug abuse mean increasing numbers of infants abandoned at birth. Reported cases of child abuse or neglect also are on the rise. With state and local agencies unable to adequately supervise foster homes or arrange adoptions, many children will spend much of their lives in foster care, often with lasting emotional scars. Child welfare groups favor a large increase in federal funding and a greater focus on services aimed at keeping families together. Legislation pending in the House and Senate calls for such changes, but finding the money will be difficult.

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Sep. 10, 1999  Adoption Controversies
Jan. 09, 1998  Foster Care Reform
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Sep. 27, 1991  Foster Care Crisis
Dec. 11, 1987  Independent Adoptions
Nov. 16, 1984  Issues in Child Adoption
Jun. 27, 1973  Child Adoption
Nov. 09, 1951  Child Adoption Safeguards