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Monday, July 2, 2012

Study: Idaho is No. 1 in 'Right for Kids' Ranking

Posted By on Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Idaho is at the top of the list in a new so-called "Right for Kids" survey, which scores each of the nation's state child welfare systems.

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  • Foundation for Government Accountability

The study, published by the Foundation for Government Accountability, ranked Idaho as No. 1, followed by New Hampshire, North Carolina, Florida and New Jersey.

The rankings were based on how state child welfare systems responded to allegations of abuse, placed children in safe foster-care settings, and worked to reduce the overall incidence of abuse and neglect.

According to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, at any given time, there are approximately 1,300 children in foster care in the Gem State. In 2007, the foster care number was as high as 1,900.

According to survey, the bottom five, representing those states or districts that scored poorest, were the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Oregon, Illinois, South Dakota and Montana.

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