A juvenile court judge is asking Marion County residents to help support local children whose parents are addicted to heroin.
Judge Marilyn Moores made a public plea Tuesday for people to volunteer as foster parents and Court Appointed Special Advocates. She and other officials have launched a campaign called "We Care about Indy's Kids" in an effort to help children in need of welfare services.
Moores said at the press conference that Indianapolis is "drowning in a sea of heroin," and children are suffering from the drug use.
Her court saw a 45 percent increase in cases involving abused and neglected children between 2013 and 2014. Moores said many of those cases involved parents who are heroin addicts. Parental use of heroin has caused an increase of child in need of services cases around the state.
Moores said she expected heroin-related cases to rise in her court.