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Foster Children

By Laura Greifner — February 20, 2007 1 min read
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A decreasing number of children in foster care are predicted to be eligible for federal aid, a study concludes.

The report, funded largely by the Pew Charitable Trusts, found that in 2005, just 46 percent of the children in foster care were eligible for federal aid given to states. That number is projected to decrease by about 5,000 children a year. One reason for the decline, according to the study, is a provision in the now-defunct federal Aid to Families with Dependent Children program, which linked eligibility for federal foster care support to whether the family from which the child was removed would have quali-fied for support.

“Time for Reform: Fix the Foster Care ‘Lookback’” is posted by the Kids Are Waiting: Fix Foster Care Now campaign.

A version of this article appeared in the February 21, 2007 edition of Education Week


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