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December 14, 2017
"It is great to see that this has trended so downward, the number of children in foster care through the years, but can you juxtapose that, if you will, with the opioid crisis that we have had, particularly in many areas upstate? We've read where Vermont and other states have really seen an uptick as a result of that crisis. They've seen an uptick in the number of children going into foster care," Assemblymember Patricia Fahy asked Laura Velez, Deputy Commissioner for Child Welfare and Community Services in the Office of Children and Families, while participating in a Assembly Standing Committee on Children and Families public hearing. The purpose of the hearing is to examine the impact of the state budget on supports for foster parents and caretakers of children removed from their homes. PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE