Fostering foster care

Fostering foster care

This editorial appeared in The Gaston Gazette
Foster care for abused, neglected and dependent children is in a "state of crisis" in North Carolina, according to state officials and others studying the issue.
Ideally, foster care finds good homes on a temporary basis for youngsters and teens who cannot live with their own families for a variety of reasons — homelessness, parent illness or alcohol and drug abuse.
For the past few years, however, the number of children needing foster care has grown far faster than the number of families willing to take them. The Children's Home Society, the nonprofit that oversees most foster placements in North Carolina, reports it had nearly 3,000 referrals last year, but only 364 new families to take them. Since 2011, the number of North Carolina children in foster care has grown from 11,000 to 15,000.

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