Like millions of grandparents across the country, Marci Worthington is raising the child her own could not.
A heroin addiction left her child unable to care for her two young daughters and the children fell – as they often do – to their grandparents.
An epidemic of opioid abuse in Connecticut and throughout the country has killed parents, and left others incarcerated, homeless or barred from parenting. The children left behind are often raised by relatives, typically grandparents, said Ana Beltran, an adviser to Generations United, a national advocacy group for inter-generational families. Citing census data, Generations United estimates over 20,000 grandparents in Connecticut are responsible for grandchildren living with them.
In July, President Donald Trump signed legislation that created a task force to help grandparents raising their grandchildren. One of the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, said that in 2015, 8 percent of all newborns in her state were born to women addicted to opioids or other drugs.