Reports: New Jersey Fails Foster Kids

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Children in New Jersey’s foster-care system have been routinely left in abusive situations because of poor judgment and other failures by state investigators, a report released yesterday concluded.

Some of the foster homes where abuse or neglect had been found continued to receive children because the state Division of Youth and Family Services took no action against them, according to the report by the New York-based advocacy group Children’s Rights Inc.

A separate report by a panel created by the legislature in 2001 – also released yesterday – recommended that the state invest an additional $187.6 million over the next three years and hire 1,027 caseworkers, supervisors and aides to bring the agency up to national standards.


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