It's encouraging that Youthville, which oversees foster care in this region of Kansas, has significantly fewer children in its system. From July 2008 through last month, Youthville had 294 children enter its system, compared with 539 kids from July 2007 through June 2008. That means more families are staying intact and Youthville has more time to try to help the kids who are in the system reunify with their families. One key reason for the drop is a 2007 initiative that started stationing social workers at the Wichita Children's Home. This has allowed for more timely interventions that have helped keep kids out of foster care. Good job to all involved in this important work.
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