- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - A new report says Wyoming has too many children who are in institutionalized care rather than foster care.

The report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation says 27 percent of kids in state custody end up in group homes of institutions as opposed to foster parents. The national average is 14 percent.

The report finds that teens in particular are less likely to end up with foster families.

The Casey Foundation’s Tracey Feild tells KUWR radio in Laramie (https://bit.ly/1cgUanJ) that there needs to be a fundamental shift in how the state deals with children who are removed from their homes.

The report recommends that Wyoming expand the foster family pool, work to strengthen families, and place time restrictions on the amount of time a child can be institutionalized.

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Information from: KUWR-FM, https://uwadmnweb.uwyo.edu/wpr/

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