TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Casa de los Ninos announced it will close its crisis shelter, but it's not closing its operations. Instead, it will move its resources to improve its foster care home network.
The crisis shelter is closing because it is not needed anymore.
The organization announced the number of foster children in out-of-home care had gone down from 19,044 to 16,800 in just the last year.
The Arizona Department of Child Safety reported the state moved from the worst ranked state in America for foster care growth to the best.
The organization will now look to improve its foster care home network by providing better support for families who take in their grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
"Our in-home program work is expanding and showing good results. We are working with whole families, keeping children at home, and preventing the trauma they experience when they are pulled out of their homes - trauma that lasts a lifetime," said Bill Estes, Casa de los Ninos Board President.
Casa de los Ninos will open a new family center next spring.