- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - After the state criticized a Philadelphia human services agency for regularly keeping children at its headquarters overnight, officials say staff are now trying to place kids with family or in emergency shelters or group homes.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (https://bit.ly/1OoDpd0 ) the city’s Department of Human Services said at a City Council hearing Tuesday that an average of one to two children were staying in the room each night from January to late May.

The state downgraded the city’s child welfare license after an audit last month determined the agency had dozens of violations.

The city has also established a new emergency care rate for foster parents who temporarily take in children overnight. It has also increased the number of beds at emergency shelters and group homes.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com


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