Where is the outrage? 100 times more children are separated from their parents by this one cause than by US border policies
| Hundreds of thousands of children have been forced in into foster care – at a cost of over $9 billion – by the national opioid epidemic fueled by Big Pharma and the FDA.
“The public costs of removing maltreated children from their birth families and caring for them in foster families, group homes, or institutions are substantial. Annual state and federal expenditures for foster care total more than NINE BILLION DOLLARS [emphasis added] under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act alone.
“Although exact amounts are difficult to disentangle, even more monies are spent for publicly subsidized medical care for foster children, as well as for Food Stamps, TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, also known as welfare), and child care payments to the families that care for them.” – adoptioncouncil.org
By Dennis Thompson, July 15, 2019
HealthDay News – Children are being taken out of their homes at alarming rates because their parents are abusing drugs, a new study shows.
The number of kids placed in foster care in the United States due to parental drug use has more than doubled over the past two decades, rising to nearly 96,700 in 2017 from about 39,100 in 2000.
[In comparison, on the New York Times reported (June 21, 2019): “According to Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the A.C.L.U.’s National Immigrants’ Rights Project, just over 700 families were separated between last June and late May,” a period of about one year. – Editor]
“The number of foster care entries related to drug use has been increasing for quite a long time,” noted lead researcher Angelica Meinhofer. She’s an instructor of health care policy and research at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.
This increase began even as the overall foster care caseload in the United States steadily declined between 2000 and 2012.
However, in recent years the nation began to see the overall numbers start to increase again, researchers said in background notes. From 2012 to 2017, kids living in foster care increased by 12 percent, and children entering foster care increased by 8 percent.
Separating children from their parents is a “heartbreaking, barbaric issue that could be changed in a moment by the President of the United States rescinding his action, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi said at a press conference at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in San Diego. She said it “challenges the conscience of our country” and “must be changed immediately.” – CNN, June 18, 2018
Meinhofer and her colleagues suspected that the opioid epidemic might be fueling the growth in foster care, and turned to a federally mandated database that collects case-level information on all kids in foster care in the United States.
“One of the variables collected is whether children were removed from their home for parental drug use,” Meinhofer said.
Nearly 5 million foster care entries occurred between 2000 and 2017, with about a quarter attributable to parents using drugs, the researchers found.
Both the number and proportion of entries due to drug use increased during that period … Read more.