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This state’s foster care population has dropped by a third since 2019. What happened?

Tai Thergood desperately wanted to be what he says he never had growing up — a present father, actively involved in his children’s lives. But he would be the first to admit he had a lot to learn about how to be a dad.

Over nearly a decade, Thergood had repeated interactions with Connecticut’s foster care system.

“It was a horror, it was the worst experience ever,” Thergood said. “It was one of the most embarrassing things.”