“The opioid epidemic ravaging states and cities across the country has sent a record number of children into foster and state care systems, taxing limited government resources and testing a system that is already at or near capacity.
The children entering state care are younger, and they tend to stay in the system longer, than ever before.
Among states hardest hit by the epidemic, the populations of children in foster or state care has risen by 15 percent to 30 percent in just the last four years.
After a decade of decline, the number of children in foster care across the country began to rise in 2010, just as opioid deaths began to spike. A study from the federal Department of Health and Human Services, released in March, found foster care populations increased by 10 percent between 2012 and 2016, growth the study attributed to the rising number of overdose deaths among parents.”
Source: TheHill.com – June 20, 2018
See related article: Beyond Opioids: How A Family Came Together To Stay Together – available at: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/06/19/619243268/an-alternative-to-foster-care-for-babies-born-to-opioid-addicted-moms