"The national opioid epidemic is putting stress on extended families that are caring for the children of opioid-addicted parents, according to a report released Sunday by Generations United.
The number of children in foster care with extended families, or grandfamilies, has increased from 24 percent in 2008, to 29 percent in 2014, the report said. The opioid epidemic means more children are in foster care, but agencies involved in foster care have also contributed to the rise by focusing on families first before exploring other placement options.
“We know that finding families for kids via kinship is a big trend in the field right now,” said Adam Pertman, president of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency and author of Adoption Nation."
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