Number of US kids in foster care up after long dip

After dropping for seven straight years, the number of U.S. children in foster care rose slightly last year, according to new federal figures released last week.

The annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services tallied 402,378 children in the foster care system as of Sept. 30, 2013, up from about 397,000 a year earlier, but still down dramatically from a decade earlier.

The peak was 524,000 children in foster care in 2002. The number had dropped since 2005.

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