A record 1,787 foster children were adopted in 2011, the Indiana Department of Child Services said Tuesday. The state agency stepped up its efforts to reunite children with their families or find them new homes. Teams focused on hard-to-place children who typically are older, in sibling groups or have special needs. More than a third of the adoptions—598—occurred in the last two months of the year after several judges scheduled special court dates to accelerate the process. DCS said about 300 foster children still need permanent homes.