State report: Connecticut saved $50 million with foster care

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A state report says Connecticut has saved about $50 million in the last five years by placing children in foster care and finding adoptive families rather than group homes.

The Journal Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/1AAxg5d ) that the legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis says expenses for adoption and foster care by the Department of Children and Families was up $20.4 million since 2009, to $205.8 million.

But costs associated with residential placements were down $70.6 million, to $125.6 million last year. As a result, net savings were $50.1 million.

The budget for the Department of Children and Families last year was $775.2 million, or $77.3 million less than the 2009 budget year.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy pointed to the reduction in placements when he cut the agency’s budget by $9 million.

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Information from: Journal Inquirer, http://www.journalinquirer.com

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