Taxpayers asked to help children left alone by opioid addicted parents

Posted at 4:53 PM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-07 07:52:05-04

Grandparents or family members are becoming moms and dads overnight, but that's a best case scenario.

Of the 30 Lake County babies born to opioid users, to heroin addicted moms, only half of those babies this year are with family. The rest are "in the system."

"We are the ones that the fire and police call in the middle of the night when they get to these homes and kids have to be cared for," Matt Battiato, Director of Lake County Children and Family Services said.

Calls are coming more often - the number of cases in Lake County has gone up 30 percent.

"We were able to dip into our reserves. Our reserves are no longer there," Battiato said.

Now, taxpayers are being asked to pay for the care these children need. A levy is being added to the ballot just for this.

"They're in harms way through no action or fault of their own and it's really up to us as the government and citizenry to step in," Lake County Commissioner Daniel Troy said.