The Department of Children and Families licensed nearly 1,400 new foster care homes last year.
There are now more than 4,800 providers statewide, caring for roughly 10,000 kids at any given time.
The net number of new foster parents is 211.
Each year, more foster families are needed as others end up adopting children or have other changes in their life situation making them no longer able to do the job.
DCF spokesperson Michelle Glady says foster kids who are in state care through no fault of their own need families to bring stability to their lives.