has primary responsibility for the care and protection of children who enter the foster care system.Insofar as it relies on private contractors to assist in meeting this responsibility, it should only do so
according to standards set by and rigorously
monitored by the state.
foster care placement should be in the least restrictive, most family-like setting possible, and the state should make all efforts
to avoid the use of non-family settings for
children, particularly young children.
ØChildren in foster care placement should have stable
placements that meet their needs and the
services necessary to address both the trauma of foster care placement and the problems surrounding their removal
from their family.