Roe’s End Could Overwhelm Foster Care

From a story on by Mike Allen headlined “Roe’s end could overwhelm foster care”:

Underfunded and overstressed foster-care systems will likely have more children sent their way with the end of federal abortion protection, Axios’ Russell Contreras writes.

  • Why it matters: About 424,000 children are in foster care on any given day. They already face shortages of placements, low high school graduation rates, and disproportionately high rates of incarnation and homelessness.

“We’re really concerned that this could blow it up,” Mariah Craven of the National Foster Youth Institute told Axios.

  • Children may end up in foster care because parents can’t afford to keep them or aren’t able to safely care for them.
  • Some women, without access to abortion, may not give the child up for adoption at birth, but decide later that they can’t care for them.

Context: A surge in drug addiction by biological parents has prompted foster-care systems to place children in emergency shelters, hotels, out-of-state institutions and youth prisons.

By the numbers: The average placement time for children in state care is longer than a year and a half.

  • 5% of children in foster care are there for 5+ years, HHS says.
  • 1 in 3 are children of color.

đź‘€ What we’re watching: Abortion foes say the post-Roe world is a chance for religious-based groups to build an infrastructure to facilitate more adoptions or help biological parents through faith.

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