➡ From Child Welfare Information Gateway NJ:
US: Family First Act is Critical for Parents in Recovery (Opinion)
Chronicle of Social Change – September 23, 2016
My son was 5 when I went into substance abuse treatment. After two days in an emergency shelter, he was placed in a group home in the isolated hills of inland Orange County. I was in a facility for women and children – one of the few treatment programs that allows children to be with their parents while parents recover from addiction. Yet for several months my son remained in foster care. I was told the reason he couldn’t come live with me was because child welfare funding does not pay for kids to be with their parents, only for them to be in foster care.