When you think of foster care, what images come to mind? For many, one of the first images is the stereotypical scene of children being wrenched from a mother’s arms and thrust into a system where they will be shuffled from home to home for the rest of their childhood. In truth, this has happened. Pushing More Children Into the System The opioid epidemic has resulted in more and more children entering the foster care system. In 36 states, caseloads have risen by risen by 10% between 2012 and 2016. In Washington state alone, the number of children removed from homes due to parental drug abuse rose 26% between 2012 and 2017. Recent data reveals “there are more children in foster care this year than there have been in the last nine years.” But it doesn’t have to be like this! Some states are trying to change these statistics. New approaches are being taken that focus on reducing the trauma of separation and helping parents complete drug treatment. The hope is to get parents the help they need, heal families and keep them together. Intervention 365 can help with early intervention service for teens.
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