The opioid crisis continues its grip on cities all over the country. Many states are seeing a surge in foster care numbers as parents lose child custody rights because of substance abuse. In Wyoming and other states, agencies are reconsidering whether parents should keep custody of their kids during treatment. In the past, some states have removed children from homes where parents are suffering from addiction, citing it as child neglect.

New programs are allowing children to remain with their parents while the parents seek treatment. The goal is to encourage parents to seek help while reducing the amount of trauma on the child. Experts agree that children do better when they are with family versus the foster care system, and they can serve as an inspiration for mom and dad to get clean.

Some states have implemented new programs where children live with their moms in facilities while they undergo treatment. Family service experts say without the responsibility of caring for their child, mothers may become more vulnerable and relapse. Other states are pushing to end the stigma attached to addiction and for a more sympathetic understanding of the circumstances that bring people to the point of addiction.

The opioid epidemic affects everyone, and it continues to create many concerns related to child custody. Residents of Wyoming who have concerns about a child’s well-being because of a parent’s addiction may consider consulting with an attorney. A lawyer can assess the situation and determine what legal action can be pursued that will be in the best interest of the child.