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Performance Audit of the Emergency Shelter Program Administered by the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services , Report No. 12223, January 1994

  • The Legislature should consider combining the Emergency Shelter and foster care programs into one substitute care program. Shelter parents go through the same recruitment, training, and licensure processes as foster parents. In addition, many substitute care homes serve both shelter and foster children. Consequently, some districts already treat the shelter and foster programs as one.
  • Many young children remain in emergency shelter placements for lengthy time periods. About a fourth of the children in emergency shelter placements remain there for more than 30 days. When children remain in shelter for extended time periods, they are more likely to go to foster care under circumstances that may be disruptive and traumatic for them. A large percentage of adolescents in emergency shelter placements come from foster care. This indicates a lack of suitable alternative placement options to family foster homes for adolescents.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Children and Families

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 99-20 Status Report: Department of Children and Families’ Child Protective Investigation Administrative Review Process, published in December 1999.
  • Report No. 98-26 Subjects of Child Protective Investigations: Survey Results and Case Characteristics, published in December 1998.
  • Report No. 97-69 Review of the Effect of Child Protective Investigations on Families, published in April 1998
  • Report No. 96-44 Evaluation of Child Welfare Legal Services Pilot Projects, published in January 1997.

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