Research published in July 2019 indicates that the number of children entering the foster care system has more than doubled since 2000.
Other reasons for removal, including neglect and abuse, declined.
Coincidentally, Sesame Street introduced a new Muppet around the same time. Karli is staying with her “for-now” family while her mom is away getting better. The Sesame Street initiative focuses on addiction as a whole, but makes the connection to foster care. Karli’s mom is getting help for alcohol addiction.
More Kids Are Getting Placed in Foster Care Because of Parents’ Drug Use, NPR, July 15, 2019
At This Camp, Children of Opioid Addicts Learn to Cope and Laugh, NPR, October 9, 2019
Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂