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States Are Struggling to Meet Foster Care Needs. New Federal Rules Could Help.

December 06, 2018 / Teresa Wiltz

Amid an opioid crisis that has increased the need for foster care, states are struggling to find enough foster families to take in kids. A shortage of affordable housing in many places is making the problem even worse. But some foster care advocates hope new federal guidelines will make it easier for many foster care parents to get licensed, giving a boost to recruiting efforts, particularly among extended family members.