Rise in meth leads to rise in foster care cases in Chippewa County

Chippewa County (WQOW)- Locally, the number of children in foster care is climbing, as the number of meth cases grows as well. 

Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell said there’s more drug related felonies this year then there were in the past. 

Newell said back in 2017 there were 785 drug related felonies, and this year they’re on pace for 1,000.

"Just in four years it’s almost doubled the amount of felony filings we’ve had and I would say most of that is related to meth which is either we get people charged with possession of meth, delivery of meth or crimes that are related to that such as theft, burglary anything that’s related to getting money for meth," Newell said. 

Since there’s more drug related felonies this year it only means more children are being placed in foster care. 

Tim Easker, the acting director for the Chippewa County Department of Human Services said there’s 152 kids placed in foster care. 

That number is up from last year when we reported a 140 children were in foster care. 

"The whole thing is a traumatic experience when we come in and take children out of the homes because conditions are not safe at this point and in many of these cases with methamphetamine the children are testing positive themselves for the drug," Easker said. 

Easker said the issue has gotten so bad they’re in need for more foster parents.
 
He said on August 14 they’re having a meeting at the Chippewa Falls Middle School to inform the public and get support and resources for foster children. 

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