That was part of the report the state's Division of Children and Family Services had for state lawmakers Tuesday afternoon.
Director Cecile Blucker says just over five in 1,000 Arkansas children end up in foster care. The national average is 3.3.
To reduce those numbers, Blucker said the department is rolling new training for social workers to better analyze when it's best to remove children from their parents or leave them in their home.
Regarding adoption, federal rankings put the Natural State ahead of other states.
Blucker said she believes this is because 68 percent of children adopted in Arkansas are adopted by their foster parents.