The number of children in the state’s foster care system continues to grow. In 2018 nearly 17-thousand kids were placed. DHS Assistant Commissioner Nikki Farrago

“That’s some of the highest numbers we’ve ever seen for our system. So that means we are always in need of foster families and foster parents but the need is especially great now because of the numbers.”

Farrago says some children need foster care for a few days, some are in foster homes for years. Last year, nearly 60-percent of foster children leaving care were reunited with their birth parents or legal guardians.