- Associated Press - Monday, May 8, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The state says there’s a continued need for foster homes in Maine as more children come into state custody because of parental substance abuse.

Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew says there’s a particular need for foster families who support reunification as well as those caring for teens, sibling groups and youth with special needs.

The process for applying for a foster parenting license includes a criminal background check and a fire and safety inspection.

Maine has 1,501 licensed foster homes with 1,825 youth in care.

Last year, 905 children entered state custody, and the state says over 60 percent of children coming into care have parental substance abuse as a contributing risk factor to the abuse or neglect.

In Maine, May is Foster Care Awareness Month.

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