Daily Update November 15, 2016

Foster Care Numbers Trending Upward

Source: Child Welfare League of America (CWLA); Children’s Monitor-November 7, 2016

With the latest AFCARS data official, there are now clear indications that foster care numbers are trending upward. A third consecutive increase in foster care to 427,910 children in care represents an eight percent increase since 2012. Likely these numbers will be even higher when the 2016 numbers are reported next year. The numbers are significantly lower than ten years ago when caseloads stood at 505,000 but it is now clear that another drug use explosion (heroin- opioids, this time) is again impacting on child abuse, child neglect and foster care. 

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