➡ From Child Welfare Information Gateway NJ:
US: Parental Drug Abuse Sent More Than 85,000 Kids Into Foster Care In 2015
Daily Caller – May 20, 2017
After steady declines between 2009 and 2012 U.S. Social Services agencies experienced a sharp increase of children in need of foster care. Officials blame drug abuse, particularly addiction to painkillers and heroin. Drug addiction is now the second leading cause for removal from parental custody, following child neglect, which social workers note is often exacerbated by drug use in the home, reports the Associated Press.