Louisiana boosts the number of foster children adoptions


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana has broken its record for adoptions of children from foster care.

The Department of Children and Family Services says 912 children in foster care were adopted by 631 families in the federal budget year that ended Sept. 30. That's an 18 percent increase from the prior year, when 771 foster children were adopted by 548 families.

The state agency was celebrating the latest numbers Thursday.

Beyond adoptions, the Department of Children and Family Services says 2,332 children were reunified with their own families during the same period.

The boosted number of adoptions was attributed to extra staff support in the Thibodaux region; increases in families adopting more than one child, such as siblings; and stabilized financing and staffing for the part of the agency that deals with foster children.

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