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August 10, 2010; Source: The Daily Beacon | The number of children in foster care in Tennessee has declined by more than a third over the past ten years and there has also been a marked decline in the abuse and neglect of children. Together, that adds up to a measurable improvement on a social issue that has sometimes appeared intractable. NPQ has reported on Youth Villages—the group works with young people in situations that are dangerous to them—previously on its Newswire and in the magazine. Recently the Casey Family Programs did a study of the systemic progress in the Tennessee Foster Care and child welfare system that is largely attributable to the work of this extraordinarily focused and rigorous organization. We thought we would pass the study [PDF] along to you and hope you find it useful.—Ruth McCambridge