Wednesday, November 19, 2008
About 1,700 children who have been in Pennsylvania's foster care system for more than 17 months are remaining in the system without being adopted. That is one-third of the children in foster care. Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children CEO Joan Benso says this is a problem because this means that many of these children are left without a permanent family to rely on. However, Allegheny County is not the same way because the county goes beyond what is required by law in order to find homes for foster children. Benso says according to state and federal law, foster care cases need to be reviewed every six months. Allegheny County reviews their cases every three months. Therefore, they move quicker through the process to identify needs. Benso says the county provides a good model for the state.