STARS Program Helps Drug Court, Families Align

In 2001, a nonprofit drug treatment provider called Bridges joined a bold new venture with the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). It was aimed at better serving the children of parents […]

Battling Meth: A Rural Montana County is on the Frontline of National Foster Care Surge

When James Manley came to rural Lake County, Montana, as a district judge in 2013, he knew the meth problem was bad, but he didn’t know how much worse it would get. Three-and-a-half years ago, […]

Pregnant Moms Face Generations of Poverty and Addiction in New Mexico

The rate of drug-exposed newborns is spiking across New Mexico, as are entries into the foster care system. Is there a link?  While being examined by a gynecologist, a pregnant Doralee Urban did her utmost […]

Pregnant Women, Newborns on Front Lines of Arizona’s Opioid Epidemic

When Jessica Sanchez tested positive last year for heroin, her probation officer sent her to an Arizona detox center for treatment. But before Sanchez could be admitted, she needed to take a pregnancy test. That’s […]

Western States Face Spikes in Drug Use, Foster Care

Last August at a campaign stop, President Donald Trump made the opioid crisis part of the dismal portrait of America he purported to change. “We’re going to take all of these kids … that are […]

Out of County, CA: Going the Distance

Heather, slight and precocious, made her Los Angeles County high school’s track team as a freshman.

It was a major feat, something to be proud of in the maelstrom of the 14 year-old’s life. Only months before, the county’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) had removed Heather from her home after a harrowing week of physical abuse and domestic violence. […]