What's Best for Children

Posted September 24, 2013, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

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The research is clear: Liv­ing in fam­i­lies is what’s best for chil­dren, no mat­ter their age. Come to find out, pro­vid­ing what’s best for children’s devel­op­men­tal needs can also be good for state budgets.

Recent­ly I vis­it­ed with the Nation­al Gov­er­nors Asso­ci­a­tion to explain the devel­op­men­tal toll group set­tings can have on chil­dren. I also explained that with­out spend­ing more mon­ey, chil­dren can have bet­ter out­comes if com­mu­ni­ties change how they help abused and neglect­ed kids. Don’t send them to group place­ments that do not meet their needs. Instead, repur­pose that mon­ey to pay for approach­es shown to be effec­tive to help kids while they live at home with their par­ents, rel­a­tives or fos­ter parents.

What’s Best for Kids is Also Good for State Bud­gets from The Annie E. Casey Foundation

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