For the 4th consecutive year there has been a rise in the number of children in foster care, due to a rise in substance abuse. At the end of the 2016 fiscal year, a total of 437,000 kids were reported in the foster care system. That total is up from the 427,400 that was reported at the end of 2015. A devastating 92,000 children have been removed from their homes and placed in foster care because of drug abuse by at least one parent.

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