Report: Va. last in nation in 'kinship care'

Report: Va. last in nation in 'kinship care'

Report: Va. last in nation in 'kinship care'

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Associated Press

Posted on January 14, 2012 at 6:35 PM

STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — A report has found that Virginia ranks last in the nation when it comes to asking relatives to become foster parents.

The News Leader (http://bit.ly/yvDkLL) says that low ranking comes despite the state's official policy of promoting so-called kinship care.

The rock bottom ranking was reported this week by the Virginia Commission on Youth and submitted to the General Assembly.

The report found that only 4.6 percent of children in foster care were with relatives in 2010, significantly below the national average of 24 percent.

The commission concluded that one reason Virginia lags in kinship care is the perception held by child welfare workers that "the apple does not fall far from the tree."

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Information from: The Daily News Leader, http://www.newsleader.com

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