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Nov 26, 2013 6:46 PM by Akeam Ashford

Acadiana Youth Program Closing After 4 Decades

After more than four decades of foster care services, the Acadiana Youth, Inc. program will have to close its doors.

In 1974, the Acadiana Shelter for Girls opened, then the Children Shelter, and in 1997, Maison De Mere opened.

Recent state budget cuts have hurt the organization, leaving them no choice but to call it quits.

Acadiana Youth Executive Director Vicki Boudreaux wants to know where the children will go.

"Every provider in the state is asking each other where are the foster kids? We don't know, and that is a big question," says Boudreaux.

Right now, there is only one child using Acadiana Youth's services, according to Director of the State Department of Children and Family Services, Trey Williams, the child will be moved to another residential type home.

Williams also explains five years ago, 20 percent of the children in foster care lived in large residential settings. Over time, the state has transitioned them into family settings, leaving the number of children in residential homes, like the Acadiana Youth home, at roughly 6 to 7 percent.

There are roughly 4,000 children in foster care services in the state each day.

After Friday, Acadiana Youth will give all of their assets like furniture and appliances to other non for-profits in Acadiana that benefit children.

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