(The Center Square) – “Washington children are dying or being seriously injured due to fentanyl exposure or ingestion of other illicit drugs.”
That statement from state Rep. Travis Couture R-Allyn, is based on a recent report from the state Office of the Family and Children’s Ombuds. The group reviews cases of child death and injury for children under state supervision. The report found 85 child deaths and 62 near fatalities involving accidental ingestion or overdose.
In a November response to the ombuds report, Department of Children, Youth and Families Secretary Ross Hunter wrote, “One of DCYF’s goals has been to reduce the number of children in out-of-home care. That is the goal of the Keeping Families Together Act. Since its implementation last July, we have seen a 24.6% reduction in the number of children and youth entering care statewide.”
Many of the young victims were children already