Spokane area agencies prioritize fixing family relationships, rather than traditional foster care routes

Sometimes children are best left in “bad” homes.

Evidence is pouring in that keeping families together – even those deemed dysfunctional – is less harmful than pulling them apart.

It’s a U-turn in thinking and practice for child advocates, as new programs emerge with the aim of keeping children in their homes while fixing families.

“When the state has to be a parent, we do our best. But it’s never best for the state to be a parent if we have the family as an option,” said Kevin Quigley, secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services.

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