About 15% of Virginia foster care caseworkers carry high caseloads, and high caseloads affect nearly one-third of children in foster care. Additional casework is needed to improve the likelihood that children in foster care will find a permanent home. Expanded state-level policies and investments are needed to place more children in family-based foster care settings. Although requirements to ensure children’s health and safety are followed in most foster care cases, lack of adherence to requirements in some cases puts children at risk. The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) has not effectively supervised the foster care . . .
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