The National Coalition for Child Protection Reform believes that too many children are placed needlessly in foster care.
The problem often is compounded by where children are placed. When a child must be placed in foster care, the least harmful placement almost always is with a member of the child’s extended family, known as “kinship foster care.” The worst placement almost always is a group home or an institution, known as “congregate care.”
This visualization compares state performance. It shows the percentage of children in each type of placement, with an emphasis on kinship care and congregate care, in 2010, the most recent year for which data are available. It also compares 2010 performance to 2009 in each category and the total number of children in all forms of foster care.
Full details are at http://www.nccprgraphics.blogspot.com.