LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Arkansas Department of Human Services claims they are having success in improving the care they provide to the children of families in crisis.

Earlier in his term, Governor Asa Hutchinson made ten requests for the department to improve its performance. After some initial success, he freed up an additional $24 million for them, in the budget from fiscal year 2017, starting in June of last year.

A DHS official told THV11 that money helped them reach a milestone goal.

“Our biggest accomplishment, which is keeping children with relatives. Currently we're at 28.8 percent. In 2015 we were at 14 percent,” said Mischa Martin, Director of the Division of Children and Family Services.

Going into 2018 the department hopes to continue improving.