More children in state’s care as officials recruit foster families

Sam Smith,  director of Calhoun County Department of Health and Welfare

Sam Smith, director of Calhoun County Department of Health and Welfare

The number of Calhoun County children in state custody jumped by nearly 30 percent from 2015, according to the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

That rise comes with the increasing need of more foster families to take those children in, DHR administrators said.

From April 2015 to April of this year, the number of Calhoun County children in state custody increased from 177 to 229. The rise follows an overall statewide trend, said Barry Spear, spokesman for Alabama’s Department of Human Resources.

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