Boise, ID (CBS2) — A CBS2 investigation into Idaho’s Foster Care System finds the number of children staying in short-term rentals has skyrocketed. Data we obtained from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare finds 175 children stayed in short-term rentals during the state fiscal year of 2023. That’s up from just 15 in 2021.
During the state fiscal year of 2021, the longest a child stayed in a short-term rental was 35 nights. During the recently completed fiscal year, the longest a child stayed in a short-term rental was 169 nights.
In a previous interview with CBS2, Cameron Gilliland who is the Administrator of Family and Community Services told us the children staying in short-term rentals are difficult to place. He said, “They are often too hard for foster families and often too difficult for even some of our residential treatment providers.”
He told us some foster children stay in short-term rentals because they are waiting to be transferred to an out-of-state treatment Facility. Other times, kids are waiting for an opening with an Idaho foster family.