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Mar 14, 2013 9:25 AM by AP

La. foster care system to undergo new initiative

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services is implementing a new initiative in the state's foster care system called Faith in Families.

DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier says the goal is to safely reduce the number of children in the state's foster care program and decrease the amount of time children spend in the system. It also is geared toward helping every child find a permanent connection before they leave the foster system.

The Times reports Faith in Families seeks to reduce the number of children in Louisiana's foster care program by 25 percent by 2015.

Louisiana has 706 children ages 15 to 17 in foster care. Over the next three years, many of them will age out of the system.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.shreveporttimes.com

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