out-of-state placements

Disability Rights Washington

A year ago, Washington state had 82 hard-to-place foster youths, mostly teenagers, living in facilities in states as far away as South Carolina, prompting calls to bring them home.

As of Aug. 1, that number had been reduced by more than half to 38, according to the Department of Children Youth and Families.

“I'd say that's pretty significant progress,” Ross Hunter, the department’s secretary, said in an interview Tuesday.

Disability Rights Washington

The state of Washington sent high-needs foster youth to a residential facility in Iowa where they were isolated, held in a restrictive setting and at times subject to “abusive restraint practices," according to a scathing report released Wednesday by the advocacy group Disability Rights Washington.