State Audit Says Kids in a Lurch

1 decade 5 months 3 weeks ago April 05, 2006 Apr 5, 2006 Wednesday, April 05 2006 Wednesday, April 05, 2006 1:06:41 PM CDT in News
The audit released today says the number of children adopted has been falling for the last three years. It also said the state isn't moving quickly enough to end parental rights and get children in line for adoption. But State Social Services chief Gary Sherman said Missouri saw a spike in adoptions a few years ago as it cleared out a backlog of cases in response to a federal law, and numbers have now come back down. For all children adopted in fiscal 2004, the average time in state custody was about 32 months.   That is compared to a national standard of 24 months.  The audit also found that in many cases, the process to end parental rights had been completed, but computer files were not updated. For others, the system did not always show whether the goal for a child was adoption. The errors left workers not knowing that some children were ready to be adopted.

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