Over the past year, the Department of Children and Families has seen the number of children in foster care dip from 4,100 to 3,700. But Natalia Liriano, director of the foster care division, acknowledges that 3,700 is still too many.
“I think the way the world is there will always be a need for foster care. As a system we want to make sure that if a child comes into care there is a family on the other end to support them. The goal is to reduce the number of kids that come into care,” she said.