Foster Care Changes?

August 25, 2003  - Posted at 7:12 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  --Some Arkansas officials are seeking changes to the nationwide policies that govern the placement of foster children outside of their native states.

The system is supposed to ensure the safety of children who are placed with relatives or adoptive parents out of state. Sometimes, the result is years-long delays in placing children.

Officials say the current system is outdated, and paperwork backlogs are hurting children. And every state has different laws in the way they deal with the system.

Recommendations for changes will be submitted to the American Public Human Services Association and its task force assigned to draft improvements to the compact that the states have to follow.

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