Advocates: Abused Child Policy Changes 'Risky'

Pitfalls Of Present System Cannot Be Fixed Without Change

Posted: February 3, 2013 at 5 a.m.

There is no way to know if a new policy aimed at reducing the number of children in foster care will work until it is tried, said local and state child advocates.

By the Numbers

Child Abuse, Foster Care

-33,849: Reports of child abuse and neglect investigated by the state

-21,461: Cases managed by the state in that time period

-13,502: Managed cases needing protective or support services

-7,959: Managed foster care cases

*Numbers are for state fiscal year ended June 30, 2012

Source: Arkansas Department Of Human Services

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