NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Casey Family Services, which finds foster and permanent homes for children in several states, is closing and laying off 280 employees.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation announced Tuesday it will discontinue providing direct services through the New Haven, Conn.-based Casey Family Services and shift to making grants to child welfare agencies.

Casey Family Services began in 1976, and provides foster care services to children under state contracts in Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Besides finding permanent homes for foster children, the agency provides support to foster families.

The foundation, based in Baltimore, said it will move most of the children and their foster families to other providers by the end of the year.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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