More kids are entering the foster system due to parental drug abuse

Briana Vannozzi, Anchor | December 18, 2019 | Health Care

Across the country research shows that while the overall number of kids entering the foster care system is down, more children are being taken out of their homes because their parents are abusing drugs.

According to a report in JAMA Pediatrics, that number has more than doubled in the last two decades from just over 39,000 to nearly 98,000 in 2017. The children being removed were more likely to be 5 years old or younger than children removed for other reasons. It poses new challenges to an already overburdened foster system.

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