Illinois has created a network of emergency foster care homes.
Department of Children and Family Services Director George Sheldon says these homes are places youth in the state's care can be sent in lieu of emergency shelters.
Sheldon told a legislative panel Tuesday that there's currently capacity for 36 kids. His goal is to have room for 50.
"Frankly, this state had a series of emergency foster homes a decade or so ago," he said. "I don't know why that was abandoned. I think it's a much more appropriate facility."