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Foster Homes Overwhelmed By Opioid Epidemic

The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.
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The Florida Channel

Florida foster care providers are struggling to keep up with the number of children entering the system as a result of opioid-related deaths. 

The opioid epidemic has been the center of debate recently, but one important group is often left out of the conversation.

As parents overdose, are sent to jail or die, children are forced to enter an already-burdened foster care system.

In the last three years, the number of children in foster care has tripled says the Heart Gallery of Florida’s Yvette DuBose.

"We already have a shortage, period," says DuBose. "Now with this opioid crisis it has really ruined a lot of homes and families and divided these families and there’s nowhere to send them."

DuBose urges the legislature to address the increased need for foster homes in opioid legislation. She says funding needs to be allocated to recruit new foster and adoptive homes. 

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Shawn Mulcahy is a junior at Florida State University pursuing a degree in public relations and political science. Before WFSU, he worked as an Account Coordinator at RB Oppenheim Associates and a contributing indie writer for the music blog EARMILK. After graduation, he plans to work in journalism or government communications. He enjoys coffee, reading and music.