NC Child Welfare System Report

An advocacy group says North Carolina's child welfare system is doing a good job meeting federal standards for caring for neglected and abused children.

But Action for Children North Carolina says children who receive
foster care may not be prepared adequately to enter adulthood
because there is no comprehensive system to help children make the
transition from a foster family.

The report says too many young children in social services care
are being shifted to multiple care settings and older children
without care involving a family member.

Children also are spending more time in custody, with a median
length of 411 days compared to between 360 and 380 days from
1998-2003.

Otherwise, North Carolina last year met or exceeded five of the
six measures set by the federal government to determine whether a
state is providing safe and permanent locations for children in
which to live, compared to none in 2001.


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