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DHHS and foster families stress the need for more foster homes

Jul 18, 2016

State officials are issuing a plea to Mainers to consider becoming foster parents. WABI TV reports the need is fueled in part by Maine’s growing drug epidemic.

Mary Mayhew, Commissioner of Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services, noted “These children need foster families, adoptive families, and kinship families that are ready and willing to open their hearts and homes to them.”

Over the next year, DHHS expects they will need 60-plus new foster families to care for an influx of children coming into state custody. Reportedly, more than 60 percent of children entering the state’s care are there because of a parent’s drug use, and more than a thousand babies are born drug affected each year in Maine.

To learn more about foster care, call the Office of Child and Family Services at 844-893-6311.

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