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Granite State Shows Heavy Reliance on Group Homes for Kids

Grandparents and other relatives are the first choice for caring for children who aren't able to live with their parents, says a new Annie E. Casey Foundation report. But for many kids in New Hampshire, group home placement is the norm. Credit: avidcreative/iStock.
Grandparents and other relatives are the first choice for caring for children who aren't able to live with their parents, says a new Annie E. Casey Foundation report. But for many kids in New Hampshire, group home placement is the norm. Credit: avidcreative/iStock.
May 20, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. - A new report says kids who have to be taken from their homes do better when they are placed with families - either relatives or foster families.

But the Annie E. Casey Foundation's research finds New Hampshire has a heavy reliance on placing kids in group homes. Ellen Fineberg, executive director with New Hampshire Kids Count, says the Granite State ranks in the top eight for group home placements nationwide.

"Too many children in New Hampshire are not in a family-type setting, whether that's foster care or kin care," she says. "In fact, they're in group settings. And we know that this is not best practice."

The report "Every Kid Deserves a Home," says 22 percent of kids in New Hampshire's child welfare system end up in group home settings, compared to 14 percent nationwide. The report recommends lawmakers, public agencies and judges make family placement a priority, and work to recruit and retain more foster parents.

Fineberg says a key recommendation in the report is that states increase their investments in programs that improve both the capacity and quality of family foster care.

"New Hampshire must make targeted efforts to ensure all families have the resources they need to succeed," says Fineberg. "It's best for kids to be in family settings, and it helps them to become more successful parents themselves one day."

Nationwide, the report says about 57,000 children are living in group homes. It says about 40 percent of the kids in group facilities are placed there without a documented behavioral of clinical reason.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH