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Addiction Epidemic Increasing Demand for Foster Parents

Addiction Epidemic Increasing Demand for Foster Parents
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By with Michael R. Shannon
Tuesday, 03 July 2018 09:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

For a brief period of time there was good news for the nation’s foster care system. From the year 1999 to 2009 the number of children being cared for in the system was declining each year.

That ended in 2010. As the number of deaths from opioid use began to increase so did the number of children being placed in foster care.

It wasn’t a coincidence.

According to statistics from The Hill, between the years 2014 and 2018, an astounding 14 states had increases in foster care demand that ranged from 15 to 30 percent. And those numbers only come from the 39 states that report foster care numbers.

One shocking figure really jumps out: “In West Virginia, home of the highest overdose rates in the nation, the foster population has increased by 42 percent since 2014.” The increase isn’t driven by just ‘hillbilly heroin’ either. “It’s not as much an opioid epidemic as an addiction epidemic,” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) said.

Other drugs that are part of the increase include methamphetamine and the damage isn’t limited to Appalachia and the ghetto. “[We are] seeing issues in white suburban areas, urban areas, rural areas, crossing gender lines, racial lines, economic disparity,” said Jason Butkowski, a spokesman for New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families. “It seems to be happening all over the state of New Jersey.”

The foster care systems in Ohio, Massachusetts, and other states are under incredible strain. Recruiting foster parents to handle the influx has fallen behind and the children bear the consequences.

The only state that has had success recruiting foster parents is Arizona and unfortunately the solution there may be anathema to hardline secular states that put political correctness ahead of the children’s welfare.

The Hill found, “In Arizona, Ducey’s administration partnered with CarePortal, a national organization that works with local churches to help families in need. The number of children in state care has dropped by about 4,000 since 2015, and a backlog of 16,000 uninvestigated cases has been cleared.”

That presents California, with an increase in cases of over 20 percent, with a real dilemma: Leave the kids with drug-addicted parents while you search for the perfect PC couple, or rescue the children now and expose them to a couple who believes in that retrograde Bible?

I know what the best decision is for the children is. I wonder if California social service bureaucrats do, too?

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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