DCS seeking $78M to cover more foster kids from opioid crisis

DCS asking for extra $78 million

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The country-wide opioid crisis is creating a new need for more foster parents in Tennessee.

In the last decade, the number of children waiting to be adopted has jumped 56 percent.

Many of the cases involve adults who have lost their parental rights from opioid or other substance addiction.

Now the Department of Child Services is asking governor Bill Lee for an additional $78 million to support the foster program.

“Just throwing money at it is not completely the answer. A community of people have got to say this is our problem,” said foster parent Chandler Means. “It’s also people willing to step up and make that type of sacrifice.”

The governor is set to present his proposed state budget on March 4.

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