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In a legislative committee hearing on Monday, Kentucky health officials outlined the daunting task of trying to find permanent homes for children in the state’s adoption and foster care system, as a law that seeks to reform the system begins to roll out.

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First Step Home is on the front lines of the opiate epidemic and is successfully helping women return to the community drug-free, as contributing members of society.

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A sweeping bill that would overhaul Kentucky’s foster care and adoption system is nearing final passage in the state legislature.

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The ongoing opioid crisis has caused a dramatic increase in the number of children being removed from their homes due to one or both parents being addicted to drugs. And local agencies are struggling to find individuals and families willing to foster or adopt these children and provide them with the love, safety and stability they need.

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Fueled by the heroin crisis, there are now more kids in Hamilton County foster care than in the past two decades.

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Called the “invisible victims” of the heroin epidemic, children of addicts are suffering as their parents use and sometimes overdose. 

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Last year, more than 400,000 children were in foster care, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This is when minors are placed under caregivers referred to as "foster parents" who aim to help them develop the social, educational and emotional skills they need. However, finding the perfect home isn't always easy.

  At any given time, there is an average of 850 abused and neglected children, from newborns to age 17, in Hamilton County custody. The need for qualified foster families to care for these children is constant.  And between 1,000 and 1,300 Ohio foster youths age out of the system each year when they turn 18, agencies are trying to change that.