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Idaho Child Welfare System No. 1

Idaho's state-run child welfare system was ranked No. 1 in the nation Friday by the Foundation for Government Accountability. The study judged all 50 states and the District of Columbia on 11 outcomes and 41 data measures, including:

  • How quickly they reacted to abuse allegations
  • Whether they made sure abused children were put in safe, permanent homes quickly.
  • Whether foster care settings were supportive, safe, home-like and stable.
  • Their work to reduce abuse and neglect

The state last year received one report every 69 minutes of child abuse, abandonment or neglect. There are about 1,300 foster children in Idaho, down from a high of 1,900 in 2007.

Question: Isn't it nice that Idaho's No. 1 in an area that's positive?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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