The Times, Shreveport, La., on DCFS making case to grow Faith in Families:
Over the last seven years, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has made significant inroads to both reduce the number of children in foster care as well as shortening the length of time children spend in foster care. Since 2005 the average length of stay in foster care dropped from 27.05 months to 18.71 months; and the number of children housed in residential type facilities dipped a whopping 63 percent (from 669 in 2005 to 245 earlier this year).
DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier announced a new three-year initiative called Faith in Families that she and her team believes will ramp those results up considerably. Indeed, by 2015 Sonnier aims to cut the number of children in the state's foster care system by 25 percent. That would amount to about 1,000 children.
According to the DCFS in 2012, the agency served slightly more than 7,300 children in foster care. ...
A quick look at the Faith in Families goals. ...
The need is great.
Consider this one fact. In the northwest Louisiana region DCFS served about 1,091 children in 2012; however, there are only about 1,968 certified foster homes currently in the entire state.