- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont is expected to process 234 adoptions by the end of the year, its highest number yet.

The Burlington Free Press (https://bfpne.ws/2gEQe7B) reports that’s due to a high number of children in state custody and a concerted effort among advocates and courts to get them into homes.

In 2015, children up to 5 years old became the greatest portion of children in state custody. Karen Shea, interim deputy commissioner for the Family Services Division at the state Department for Children and Families, says Vermont had custody of 1,328 children as of Dec. 1. More than 500 were infants, toddlers and preschool-age children.

Shea said more children also are being reunited with their birth families than ever before. A little over half of the children who enter state custody are eventually returned to a parent’s care.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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