- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City’s public advocate says children are spending too much time in the city’s foster care system and between multiple homes.

Letitia James says 71 percent of those surveyed say children spent more than two years in the system. The survey was based on a hotline James set up for foster parents, birth parents and children.

The Daily News (https://nydn.us/1H4algt ) reports that for children who need to be adopted the stay in foster care is even longer - about four and a half years.

An Administration for Children’s Services spokesman says the city has reduced the number of children in foster care from 45,000 in the 1990s to 11,000 today. He says the drop was largely due to the agency working to keep families together.

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Information from: Daily News, https://www.nydailynews.com

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