Indiana is making great progress in placing foster children in family settings and kinship care, according to a new report. The Annie E. Casey Foundation research says over the past decade, the number of Indiana foster children placed with a foster or relative family rose 11 percentage points to 93-percent, compared with a five-percentage-point increase in the nation as a whole. Erin Murphy with the Indiana Department of Child Services says the state is prioritizing what?s best for each child in need of care. Nationally, although most children are still placed in foster families they aren’t related to, placements with kin rose by seven percentage points to 32-percent over the ten-year period. Rob Geen with the Casey Foundation says despite the overall improvement, older kids still are not being placed with families often enough. Geen adds a new federal law, the Family First Prevention Services Act, provides opportunities for states to ensure that children are in homes that best address their needs, and that their caregivers are supported. The law also includes reforms that encourage agencies to place children in the least restrictive, most family-like settings.