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DCFS secretary: Children sometimes stay overnight at offices with foster family shortage

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services told told legislators that her department is desperate for resources as there is a shortage in foster families.

DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters testified Wednesday that at times they have no where to place kids who are removed from abusive homes. So some times the kids can wind up sleeping at the DCFS offices, and when that happens, the caseworkers have to stay overnight with the child. 

The secretary said they haven't had a shortage like this in 20 years.

"We don't have beds and places for that to happen, to adequately care for a child and our abuse cases are going up. Our numbers are trending up and we simply don't have enough places for these kids," Walters said. 

DCFS is also short on funding with a $10 million hole in its budget. 

Also Louisiana has $1.6 billion in owed child support dating back over 30 years. 

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