The MENTOR Network is expanding its services for families and children at risk into Indiana and Kentucky.
“We are looking forward to working with our new state partners to help address the significant rise in children entering foster care as a consequence of the country’s opioid epidemic,” said William McKinney, Chief Executive Officer of The MENTOR Network. “The MENTOR Network is proud to be part of the solution by providing expertise, evidence-based models and best practices as part of our continuum of care for families and children at risk.”
Additional family support services can’t come soon enough in Indiana, where Hoosier children are being placed in foster care at more than twice the national rate and the number of children in the system is more than double what it was five years ago. In Kentucky, the number of youth in out-of-home care jumped thirty percent since the end of 2014 to almost 10,000 at the end of last year.
Founded in 1980, The MENTOR Network is a national network of local health and human services providers in 37 states offering an array of quality, community-based services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain and spinal cord injuries and other catastrophic injuries and illnesses; to youth with emotional, behavioral and medically complex challenges, as well as their families; and to elders in need of support.