Congregate Foster Care in PA.
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children.
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children
116 Pine Street, Suite 430
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Tel: 717-236-5680 800-257-2030
This brief explains family-based care is a better option for children placed in foster care than congregate care, however, 1 in 6 foster care placement in Pennsylvania involved congregate care in 2013. It notes that this rate of 21% in congregate care is much higher than the national rate of 14%. Research findings on the better short- and long-term outcomes of children and youth living in family-based foster care settings are shared, and recommendations are made for accelerating the move away from congregate care in Pennsylvania. Recommendations include investing in the family strengthening service array to reduce congregate care, building community-based behavioral health services that allow children in foster care to live in family settings, recruiting foster families, supporting foster families, and enhancing placement decisions by the counties and courts so congregate setting are the placement of last resort.
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