Advocates ask if Maryland children are getting help
Associated Press (Nov. 18, 2008)
A report due out Wednesday from the group Advocates for Children and Youth questions whether abused and neglected children get the help they need under policies that keep more of them in their homes.
The organization's director, Matthew Joseph, says abused children left in their homes need ongoing in-home services to assure their safety.
Statistics from Maryland's Department of Human Resources show a 23 percent decrease in the number of foster care placements during the past year and a 10 percent drop in the number of children receiving in-home services.
The department says suspected maltreatment does not always require foster care or in-home services. Spokeswoman Nancy Lineman case workers now work with extended family members to discuss future care.