Georgia, South Carolina work to improve foster care settings

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A recent federal report finds that Georgia and South Carolina had an average or above-average number of foster children placed in group homes instead of the more preferred family-based care settings.

The Augusta Chronicle reports ( that officials in both states pledge that changes are in the works that could reduce the number of children placed in group homes or institutions.

The report was issued recently by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

The study, conducted by the GAO at the request of Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, and published in October, found that Georgia hovered around the national average of about 14 percent of its foster children placed into congregate care as of 2013.

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