Indiana seeks more foster parents because of growing need

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Department of Child Services is trying to find more foster parents because of a growing need.

The (Lafayette) Journal & Courier reports that the number of children in Indiana in foster care rose to more than 13,000 in June, up from 10,550 a year earlier.

DCS spokesman James Wide says that includes children who are with relatives and in residential facilities. He says the increase in foster placements is primarily due to drug use among parents.

The shortage of foster families makes it more difficult for caseworkers to find local placements. If caseworkers are unable to find a foster family to take a long-term placement, they may place a child in a temporary foster home. Children who cannot be placed locally are placed with foster families elsewhere in the state.

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