Nguyen (2014) took issue with Gustavsson and MacEachron's (2013) support of my proposal to restructure the child welfare system (Pelton, 1991). He claimed, quite reasonably, that my belief that a restructuring was needed was based, in part, “on the research and statistics of the 1980s that suggested an overreliance on out-of-home placements and not enough funding for preventative services” (Nguyen, 2014, p. 81). He suggested that placement statistics have changed since that time. But if anything, they have changed for the worse.

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The estimated national one-day-count foster care population stood at 401,000 children in 2011, for a rate of 5.4 per 1,000 children in the overall population (under 18 years old) at that time. This rate was higher than it was throughout almost all of the 1980s, when it ranged from 4.3 in 1980 to 5.0 in 1988...

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