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Experts Say Florida's Foster Kid Population Growing At Alarming Rate

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Florida’s foster kid population is growing at an alarming rate. That’s part of what will be discussed during an upcoming webinar.

Over the past couple of years, the number of kids entering Florida’s foster care system has increased by about 11 percent—in part because of opioid addicted parents. That’s according to Florida Guardian ad Litem Executive Director Alan Abramowitz.

“Most children that come into care is due to neglect, not the abuse, and a lot of it deals with mental health issues, substance abuse, but we have experts in every community that know how to work with families…that we may be able to keep these children together by finding these family’s needs so the children can be with their parents,” he said.

On Friday, Abramowitz will be doing a presentation called “Keeping Foster Children Safe and Ensuring their Well-Being.” It will be during an 11 a.m. webinar hosted by advocacy group, “The Children’s Campaign.” Other presentations will include looking at girls in Florida's juvenile justice system and looking at the number of kids tried as adults in court. Click here to register.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.