December 1, 2017 – The impact of the disease of addiction has no limits. This week, figures released by the federal government show an increase in the number of children in the American foster care system. A major factor is parents struggling with addiction.
The Department of Health and Human Services reported that 437,500 children were in foster care as of September 2016, up from 437,500 children, according to ABC News.
The peak was 524,000 children in foster care in 2002. The number dropped steadily to about 397,000 in 2012 before rising again as the opioid epidemic and other forms of drug abuse began to worsen across the U.S.
Health and Human Services said substance abuse was a factor in 34 percent of the 2016 cases in which a child was removed from home, up from 32 percent a year earlier. About 92,000 children were removed from home because at least one parent had a drug abuse issue.
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