SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Officials say the number of children in foster care is on the decline in South Dakota - and it's a good sign.
Authorities say the 17 percent decline in the state's foster care children since 2005 could be due in part to better support services for troubled families and more placements with extended family members.
The number of foster care children in South Dakota has dropped from 1,704 in 2005 to 1,404 in the last fiscal year. Records show that about 10 percent of those children in the state wind up being adopted.
Greg Boris, spokesman form South Dakota Voices for Children says that he believes the state is moving in the right direction by trying to maintain children in the home.