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The whole system has practically ground to a halt. Once the pandemic is over, a flood of children could enter foster care.
Roughly 5% of the state's babies are born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Families taking them in say they feel unprepared for the task.
About 85% of the children in state custody have a parent who struggles with substance use disorder. The system is straining to care for them.
When American-born children age out of foster care without identifying documents like birth certificates and state ID cards, their financial futures can be at stake.
Bridge Meadows brings foster families and seniors together in affordable housing.