Department of Family and Protective Services spokesman Patrick Crimmins tells The Dallas Morning News ( ) that almost 85 children spent at least two nights in a hotel or department office in May, a 20 percent increase from the previous month. It's the fourth consecutive monthly increase.

Crimmins says the hike is partly seasonal as authorities are reluctant to change foster care placements near the end of the school year.

Child Protective Services officials also say it has failed to meet a goal for seeing 90 percent of at-risk kids in person in a timely manner. The department was about 2.3 percentage points short of the goal, which is required by state law.