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State Legislators Seek Answers for Failings of Foster Care System

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State lawmakers were clearly not happy with answers from DSS – mainly involving a federal report that Foster care children run away often—and are not accounted for.

State lawmakers held a special hearing Tuesday- to hear more about why children in foster care have gone missing and unaccounted for.
Mary Elizabeth Coleman, a Republican from Arnold, chairs the House Children and Families Committee

According to an inspector report, “After going missing from foster care, children have a heightened risk of sexual exploitation and being victimized by sex trafficking, as well as poorer outcomes related to health, safety, education, and subsequent involvement in the criminal justice system.”

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