Number of children placed in MA foster care rises sharply

The number of troubled children in Massachusetts taken out of their homes and placed under state supervision rose steeply in the past year, according to a report released Sept. 11.

The number of children placed in foster care grew by almost 1,000 – or 13 percent – between March 2013 and March, 2014, said the report by the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Center for the Study of Social Policy.  There were 8,190 children in out-of-home care in March of 2014, according to the report.

Meanwhile, caseloads for social workers are “unacceptably high,” notes the report. The number of staff supervising more than 20 youths ballooned more than five-fold from 187 workers statewide in July 2013 to 1,054 workers in June 2014.

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