Opioid crisis forcing more North Country kids into foster care

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) Officials in the North Country say the opioid crisis is affecting foster care.

The number of foster kids in the region is high, partly because of that epidemic. Parents are either incarcerated or in rehabilitation and can't care for the kids. If no family can foster the children, they might be forced to leave the region. That's something the United Way and the Department of Social Services is trying to avoid.

"We want to keep kids as close to their home community as possible for foster care. In many cases, that allows them to stay in their school district, allows them to be closer to friends and relatives and other community-based support systems. Worst-case scenario is having to send children outside of the region for foster care and we're seeing that on an increasing basis," said Joe Bernardi of the United Way.

For more information on how to apply to become a foster parent, call 211 or click here to visit the website.

Or click for information on foster care in specific counties:

Clinton County

Essex County

Franklin County