As a foster parent for seven years, I’ve cradled the opioid crisis in my arms.With parents unwilling or unable to get clean, 50,000 newborns will enter state foster care systems this year. What happens next is Russian roulette.Consider Mary, born in a Greyhound bus station bathroom. She tested positive for meth, heroin and alcohol. Nurses worked to save her as she suffered seizures and struggled to feed. She was declining on growth charts, losing her will to live.

Source: Darcy Olsen: Don’t let vulnerable children linger in foster care | Local opinion |