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Md. receives $650 million federal grant for foster care

Maryland has won a five-year, $650 million federal grant that will give officials more flexibility to run the state's foster care program and reduce the number of children entering the system, Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration said Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant, which has been awarded to about 20 states so far, will allow Maryland to expand programs that help struggling families to avoid having their children turned over to foster care, state officials said. The grant will not directly address oversight problems of the state's foster care system uncovered by a recent Baltimore Sun investigation. A 10-year-old disabled foster child...