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More spent on foster care than programs to reunite parents & kids

on Tue, 05/06/2014 - 04:22
Fight Child Protection Department Corruption: 
More spent on foster care than programs to reunite parents & kids

BUTLER COUNTY —

Butler County Children Services spends almost 10 times more money placing endangered children outside their homes than it does funding programs that help parents get their children back.

It’s a dilemma agency officials say needs to be addressed, but there are no easy answers.

In 2008, Children Services spent $9 million housing children in their custody and $2.6 million on services for parents and families. As of last year, the housing costs have grown to just over $10 million, and service contract costs dropped to just over $1 million.