SW Professors Publish in Journal of Public Child Welfare
Social Work Assistant Professor Cory Morton and Associate Professor Melissa Wells have published in the Journal of Public Child Welfare, part of a special issue on literature reviews to inform public child welfare practice.
Before 2013, the public child welfare system had experienced a decade of
reductions in the number of children served in out-of-home care. In 2003, the
number of children in foster care in the United States was 520,000, which
decreased to a low of 397,000 in 2012, and has been on the rise ever since,
with 428,000 children in foster care during 2015 (Children’s Bureau, 2016, 2006).
While there are no definitive findings that connect the rise in children who
experience out-of-home care to the opioid crisis, anecdotal evidence from state
child welfare administrators suggest that opioid abuse is driving these numbers
with an increase in termination of parental rights (Young, 2016). In 2015, among
children who were removed from their home, 32% had drug abuse of a parent
listed as one of the reasons for removal (Children’s Bureau, 2016).
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