Institutions vs. Foster Homes

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This analysis weighs kinship care and foster care (home care) against group and institutional care. Researchers found that the difference in immediate outcomes such as reunification and developmental problems for the two groups is small. Children leaving home care are “more successful” in general, although the report attributes this to the “selection of more troubled children into group care.” Cost analysis finds that monthly costs are six to 10 times higher for institutional care, leading analysts to recommend developing alternatives to group care. 40 pages. Free online. Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, 222 S. Central St., Ste. 305, St. Louis, MO 63105. (314) 863-7000,