Num­ber of US foster kids rises; par­ents’ drug abuse a fac­tor

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

After drop­ping sharply be­tween 2005 and 2012, the num­ber of chil­dren in the U.S. foster care sys­tem has in­creased for a third year in a row, ac­cord­ing to new fed­eral data re­leased Thurs­day. A ma­jor fac­tor: Wors­en­ing sub­stance abuse by par­ents.

The an­nual re­port from the Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices tal­lied 427,910 chil­dren in the foster care sys­tem as of Sept.30, 2015, up from about 414,429 a year ear­lier. The peak was 524,000 chil­dren in foster care in 2002, and the num­ber had dropped steadily to about 397,000 in 2012 be­fore ris­ing again. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the foster care pop­u­la­tion rose in 2015 in nearly three quar­ters of the states, with the largest in­creases in Florida, In­di­ana, Ge­or­gia, Ari­zona and Min­nesota. “The na­tional num­ber of chil­dren in foster care is still far be­low where it was 10 years ago, but any in­crease is cause for con­cern,” said Mark Green­berg, HHS of­fi­cial.

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