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Report: Florida's foster care system ranked among best in nation

Posted at 5:37 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 17:37:16-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A national report ranked Florida's foster care system in the top ten for foster care outcomes.

The Texas Public Policy results had Florida at number six when compared to the rest of the country and Washington D.C.

The state was ranked number two for in speed of getting kids quickly into permanent homes. Florida's worst category was its use of group home instead of foster families, coming in at No. 43 nationally.

Department of Children and Families' head Chad Poppell called the research exciting, though he says more progress needs to be made.

"We're trying to strengthen and use where we are today as a springboard for where we are moving ahead in the future. I view this report today as an endorsement of the next step forward," said Poppell.

Senators are set to consider a bill this week that would create an Office of Quality Assurance and Improvement inside the Department of Children and Families.

A Chief Quality Officer would work to keep department standards high and protect vulnerable kids. That bill has already cleared one of three committees.