By Gail Levy/WJHG | Posted to WJHG.COM ON Thu 4:36 PM, Apr 04, 2019 | Updated: Fri 6:49 AM, Apr 05, 2019
BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – “We do have, certainly, steady numbers and increasing numbers,” said Magistrate Shannon Lord of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida.
Lord says Hurricane Michael brought more than physical destruction.
“You have people in crisis. You have people even, you know, particularly after the hurricane, that now have no housing, no stability,” said Lord.
Officials with the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida are also feeling the effects.
“We got about a 40 percent increase in the number of children served for this year so far, from where we were last year,” said Executive Director of the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida, Suzan Gage.
But both the court and the non-profit agency are searching for answers.
“Could it be Hurricane Michael? Could it be, you know, parents with opioids or is it just trauma drama or abuse or whatever it is? You just gotta step back and ask what is going on with our young children,” said Gage. Continue reading “ELC Featured on WJHG.com – Looking Into Why More Children Are In Foster Care”