Meth Linked to 12 Percent of Children in State Custody

FEBRUARY 7, 2006 - Posted at 8:07 a.m. CST

KANSAS CITY, MO - A new analysis shows about 12 percent of the children in (Missouri) state custody were removed from their homes because of methamphetamine.

In December, the state began tracking the number of children placed in foster care for meth-related reasons, such as parents who were cooking, selling or using meth.

The count will be made each month to guage the seriousness of the problem.  The data linked meth to about 1,300 of the 11,000 children in state custody.

The percentage of children in state custody for meth-related reasons ranges throughout the state from seven percent in Jackson County to 37 percent in the judicial circuit that includes Franklin County.

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