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Meeting Held On Inadequacies In Virginia's Foster Care System

Lawmakers and stakeholders had a detailed discussion Monday, about long-standing inadequacies in Virginia's foster care system.

A JLARC study from late last year highlighted disparities within Virginia’s foster care system, including youth placement.

"When a child enters into foster care we’re not finding enough relatives for them to go into, even though we know that’s often the best solution for those children." That’s Allison Gilbreath with Voices for Virginia’s Children, she says one of the issues they’re focused on is worker caseloads.

"Too many social workers in Virginia have too many kids on their caseloads, and so they’re not able to meet the needs of those kids and their families," says Gilbreath.

Gilbreath says there’s also a lack of consistency in the way social service departments operate across the state and hopes legislators will continue working to address Virginia’s foster care problems into the 2020 session.