Boise News Outlet Zeroes In On Foster Care Crisis
Boise, Idaho. An investigation launched by local news outlet CBS2 found more than 200 foster children in Idaho were sent to homes or public institutions out of state.
CBS2 reported 193 children were sent to out-of-state homes while 46 were placed in out-of-state institutions.
Idaho Foster Children Transferred to Out-of-State Homes & Facilities
According to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, between the 2019 and 2022 federal fiscal years, the number of children transferred to homes or out-of-state institutions were as follows:
- FFY 2019 // 47 children
- FFY 2020 // 36 children
- FFY 2021 // 51 children
- FFY 2022 // 46 children
Between the 2019 and 2022 federal fiscal years, the number of children transferred to private facilities within the state of Idaho were as follows:
- FFY 2019 // 149 children
- FFY 2020 // 239 children
- FFY 2021 // 286 children
- FFY 2022 // 313 children
A Jan. 2022 report released by the IDHW for Idaho legislators found between two and 10 foster care children were staying at Airbnbs and hotels in lieu of the foster parent shortage/availability.
Idaho news KMVT11 reports that from 2019 on, the Gem State's "lack of foster homes has been deemed a crisis, and IDHW has struggled with placement since 2021."
Idahoans Who Can Foster or Foster-to-Adopt
- Single, married or divorced
- Able to financially support their own family
- Own or rent a safe residence, with space for a child
- Can work with social workers and/or therapists and other support people
- Have no parenting experience, or have children
- Are flexible, energetic, and able to care for a child
- Work in or outside their home, or are retired
- Are open to learning new things
- Can talk with social workers about themselves and their families