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What innovative approaches will get foster children into permanent homes?

Helping foster children find permanent homes

About 400,000 children in the U.S. are in foster care. To help these children and their families, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) supports states’ efforts to test innovative approaches for getting the children into permanent homes.

When a state wanted to try an innovative approach, HHS could grant the states a Title IV-E waiver, which lifted some of the restrictions on how states spent federal dollars for foster care.

Since 1997, Westat has helped states evaluate their innovative approaches. We assess whether the approaches help more children find permanent homes, while also improving the safety and well-being of the children and their families. We also look at whether the costs of the new approaches are the same or less than the traditional approaches.

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