The opioid epidemic could have left them orphans. Instead, more than 12,000 children, abandoned by addicted parents in Massachusetts, are being raised in loving homes.

Grandparents raising their grandchildren are saving the state millions and keeping those kids out of foster care.

They do it out of love.

But Boston 25 News anchor Vanessa Welch discovered when she traveled the state talking to these families, it’s not easy – and they could use the state’s help.

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