President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to improve America's foster care system, calling for officials to strengthen its partnerships with faith-based organizations to place more children in permanent homes.
"This order will help to empower families who answer the call to open their hearts and homes to children who need them," Trump wrote in a statement. "My administration is committed to helping give as many children as possible the stability and support that family provides by dramatically improving our child welfare system."
Even though the number of children in the foster care system and the number of children entering child welfare has declined for the third year in a row, more than 400,000 children are still in the system.
Trump's new order encourages state and local agencies to develop more "robust partnerships with private community organizations, including faith-based organizations."
"Among other changes, the order seeks to increase partnerships between public, private, faith-based, and community organizations to help keep families together and, when that is not possible, to find children forever families," a White House press release announced.
Additionally, the executive order seeks to improve resources provided to caregivers and increase federal oversight over vital child welfare requirements.