Video: Opioid Crisis Forcing Children into Foster Care
The opioid crisis is forcing far too many children into the foster care system. Drug abuse by a parent represented 36% of all placements into foster care last year (HHS, Children’s Bureau, Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System, 2019).
The unfortunate reality is that many of these children are not returning to their birth families because it is simply not safe. More than 125,000 children are waiting to be adopted from foster care, a 23% increase since 2012. The child welfare system is being stretched far beyond its capacity — and if not addressed, this problem has far-reaching impacts.