GREENSBURG — One in eight Indiana kids in foster care has been waiting four or more years for adoption.
An in-depth look at statistics put forth in the 2019 Indiana Youth Institute Kids Count Data Book showed Hoosier kids face a desperate need for foster homes and adoptions. As the opioid epidemic leads to more and more children being removed from their homes, the need for safe, supportive places for them to go becomes increasingly important.
For the children, being separated from their home, family, and everything familiar is likely to be traumatizing, more so when the separations are unexpected or prolonged.
In 2017, there were 31,042 Hoosier children in foster care, a 38 percent increase from just five years before. Nearly half of all children in foster care are between the ages of 5 and 13, but only 34 percent of children placed in foster care are placed with relatives. One in five children in foster care has experienced more than two placements. Of the more than 30,000 children in foster care in 2017, there were 1,824 adoptions through the Indiana Department of Child Services…