An Ohio map shows the percentage of children pulled from homes where parents are abusing drugs. Preble County is the highest, with drugs affecting 65 percent of removal cases.
The mother whose baby tested positive for cocaine at Miami Valley Hospital doesn’t face any charges.
Earlier this month, Bartley reported how Montgomery County Children Services has so many children in foster care, it is sending them to at least four other states.
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“Here’s our war. Here’s our emergency. Here’s our crisis,” said Helen Jones-Kelley, who runs Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services.
It’s getting a lot more expensive to take care of children in the system, too.
The cost of foster placements in Ohio went up $100 million over the last five years, and by next year, it’s expected to increase another 12 percent to $414 million.
She said many of these children have experienced major trauma, such as being prostituted for drugs or finding their parents overdosed.
“We are succeeding in bring the number of overdoses down and saving lives, certainly. But we’re not succeeding in terms of the trauma, the carnage that’s left when this wrecks a family’s life,” Jones-Kelley said.
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