Parental drug use is sending an alarming number of kids to foster care

Meera Jagannathan
Parental drug use is sending an alarming number of kids to foster care

The number and share of kids who enter foster care due to their parents’ drug use has skyrocketed in recent years, a recent analysis of federal data found. Nearly one quarter of foster-care entries between Oct. 1, 1999 and Sept. 30, 2017, almost 1.2 million out of nearly 5 million, were attributable parental drug use. Nearly one quarter (23.4%) of foster-care entries between Oct. 1, 1999 and Sept. 30, 2017 — almost 1.2 million out of nearly 5 million — were attributable parental drug use, according to the study, which analyzed data from the Health and Human Services Department’s Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System.