Foster Care and Children's Wellbeing

Recent federal legislation incentivizes states to reduce foster care placements by funding in-home prevention-focused services. However, there is little credible evidence on the effectiveness of either foster care placement or in-home prevention services. We provide new results of how foster placement influences children’s safety and educational outcomes using information from over 240,000 child welfare investigations in Michigan between 2008 and 2016. University of Michigan Youth Policy Lab CLICK HERE