Who Cares:
A National Count of Foster Homes and Families

More ND kids are in foster care, but new federal laws look to reduce numbers

BISMARCK, N.D. - A new study shows foster care numbers continue to increase across the nation. That's true too here in North Dakota, but the state is decreasing in other areas.

The study by the Chronicle for Social Change shows an increase in kids in foster care and congregate or group care from 2012-2016, but the percentage of kids in congregate care decreased over that same time.

Kelsey Bless with the Department of Human services says New federal legislation will help lower numbers, by shifting money into prevention.

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