PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state is teaching about 200 families how to care for foster children.

The Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families is holding a foster care recruitment this weekend at the Rhode Island Convention Center. The event concludes Sunday.

DCYF said in October that the state needs more foster families after a survey found a high number of teens being put into group homes and shelters.

The group Rhode Island Kids Count released numbers showing that a disproportionate percentage of 12- to 18-year-old children in the state are being placed into communal care.

The recruitment weekend includes orientation, training and support. Participants will complete a significant portion of their foster care training.

DCYF says the event is the first of its kind in Rhode Island.