There are over 3,000 children in foster care in the San Diego area. At any given time, 40 of those children are ready and waiting to be adopted. The wait time is just too long for hopeful adoptive families and their soon to be children. And so, at the request of county supervisors, changes have been planned.

Although staffers were directed to create concrete plan within four months, it is expected to be about a year before all the changes are put into effect, according to CBS8. But is hoped that the plan crafted will remove much of the paperwork and hoops that are currently required so the adoption process will be more efficient and timely.

San Diego 6 spoke with Supervisor Dave Roberts who said that the purpose is to “break down the walls between the foster system and the adoption system” and make the whole adoption process more efficient.