NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- After a decade in which fewer and fewer children were in state custody, the trend has reversed.
The state Department of Children's Services is having some success at growing its network of foster homes for abused and neglected children, but the need is growing faster.
The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/UAyYJk) one of the state's largest private providers is Youth Villages. They collected demographic data on the type of person who makes a good foster parent and recruited through a massive radio campaign, and later through TV.
Youth Villages soon saw a 25 percent increase in inquiries.
DCS is trying to take tactics that work and present them to other regions.
The various reforms have helped DCS increase its supply of foster homes by more than 1,000 in the past two years.
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