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Opioid crisis overwhelming foster care system

February 28, 2018 – The disease of addiction has no limitations, affecting everyone involved, not just the person struggling with dependency. Assisting families to encourage loved ones struggling with addiction to seek treatment is the first step toward addressing the drug crisis.

This week, 6ABC examined addiction’s impact on the foster care system. Despite already being strained, the foster care system is struggling with the increased number of children removed from home due to their parents’ addiction:

Foster families are only allowed to have six children in the home, but records we requested from the state of Pennsylvania show the state is letting foster homes exceed that number.

From 2014 to 2016, capacity waivers went up nearly 50%. More foster kids mean more stress on those foster families.

“You are bringing children into your home who have been abused, been through trauma, already been neglected. We call them ‘children from hard places,’ and those children need lots of attention,” said Angie Gillen of the Salvation Army.

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