In 2012, 99.7 percent of children in foster homes in New Jersey were free from child abuse or neglect, according to the U.S.Department of Health and Human Services.
That’s above the national median of 99.6 percent, an achievement the state has attained since 2009.
The federal government requires that caseworkers visit foster children monthly, and New Jersey met that requirement 96 percent of the time. Nationally, the norm is 90 percent.
There are 7,484 children in foster care in New Jersey.