Heroin epidemic having an impact on foster care system in Ohio

Heroin epidemic having an impact on foster care system in Ohio

The fallout from the heroin epidemic in Ohio is hurting more and more children.

Attorney General Mike Dewine said it's so bad, the foster care system is being overwhelmed.

It's putting a strain on resources where agencies need to find a temporary home for children.

"There's been a significant increase in the number of children coming into care as a result of parental drug use. It's been a 57 percent increase in the children coming into care because of parental drug use related to opiates," said Deborrah Armstrong, the Communications Director for Franklin County Children's Services.

Taking care of these children is a challenging commitment because many are born addicted, but one Merion Village couple is stepping in to help with several babies they've fostered.

"The six-week-old that came in was on the very end of going through the withdrawals. With the other ones, it took a little bit longer, but as of now, they are developmentally perfectly on track," said Tori Kolasa, a foster parent.

"We had actually never intended to have more of a concentration in drug-exposed children. It just kind of happened that way," said Tia Kolasa, Tori's wife.

The Kolasas say both babies are happy and healthy. They go to doctor appointments regularly to make sure they're developmentally on track.

If you're interested in becoming a foster parent, call 1-877-692-7226 or go to the Franklin County Children Services website.

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