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Foster Care in California: Achievements and Challenges
Caroline Danielson and Helen Lee

May 2010

Full Report
[PDF, 1188K]

Short Summary
[PDF, 659K]

Technical Appendix
[PDF, 139K]

The share of children in the California foster care system has dropped by 45 percent since 2000. This decline far outpaced the rest of the nation. The authors report that a more intense focus by local and state policymakers on child-welfare issues is at least partially responsible. They also note that serious challenges remain: among them, a continuing overrepresentation of black children in foster care.

This research was supported with funding from the Stuart Foundation.