New Jersey has made strides in reducing the number of foster children placed in group homes or institutions.
That’s according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which shows 94% of all children in foster care in New Jersey were placed with families rather than in group placements in 2017, up from 80% in 2007.
Nationwide, 86% of children were placed with families in 2017, compared to 81% in 2007.
According to the foundation, “New data reflect a growing consensus among practitioners and policymakers that young people in the child welfare system should live in families.”
But teenagers in foster care are still more likely to live in a group placement. Nationally, only 58% of teenagers and older youth in child welfare systems lived with families in 2017.
New Jersey was one of just four states that placed 73% or more of teens in families, according to the report.