DCFS rolls out ‘Faith in Families’ initiative

On Monday, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services announced the "Faith in Families" initiative.

Right now, there's an average of 3,900 youth in foster care in Louisiana at any one time.

The initiative hopes to reduce that number by 25 percent in three years by speeding up the adoption process and encouraging more families to adopt.

The plan also calls for getting 85 percent of children out of foster care within two years of entering the program.

Additionally, the initiative calls for doing more to help foster children turning 18 and leaving the program by giving them better contacts in the community that they can turn to for guidance.

"For those 188 youth getting ready to age out of foster care during this upcoming year, that won't likely have those family supports. They may have a difficult time finding a place to live, finding a job, figuring out how to pay for things they now have to pay for. They don't know what the future holds," said Suzy Sonnier, DCFS Secretary.

The program will be rolled out over the next three years with some parts of the plan going into effect immediately.

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