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(Providence-AP) -- It's one of the most criticized programs run by the state, but it appears the Carcieri administration is making gains in improving it.

The program is the so-called night-to-night placement administered by the Department of Children, Youth and Families.

It occurs when children who are in state care end up shuttling from one place to another, night after night because there isn't a permanent place for them.

Critics say the program wastes money and is bad for children.

But The Providence Journal reports that since July, less children are being moved around than in the past.

D-C-Y-F credits a personal commitment by the governor and steps taken.

Those include adding beds in shelters and adding case managers to work with foster families.

Until the trend is permanent, however, the governor isn't bragging. He says there have been successes in the past that haven't stuck.

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