The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) announced its "Faith in Families" initiative today.
DCFS plans to safely reduce the number of children in foster care, reduce the amount of time children spend in the system, and ensure children have a permanent connection when they leave foster care.
Research indicates that children who age out of foster care without a permanent connection face significant challenges including homelessness, unemployment, mental health and substance abuse issues and involvement with the criminal justice systems," said Suzy Sonnier, Secretary for the Department of Children and Family Services. "Life-long connections are key to ensuring those children have a place to live, stay in school and make positive decisions about their lives going forward."
Sonnier says there are about 600 local children currently in foster care. DCFS is actively recruiting foster families to provide loving homes.
To find out more about foster care and adoption, visit www.dcfs.louisiana.gov.