In this WYSO Weekend preview, For Love Of Children's President Beth Mann talks about what their organization is doing to ease the foster care experience for kids, and what other steps they're taking to help these children transition into adulthood.
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A trial is set to begin today for a nurse charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 14-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who weighed 28 pounds when she died last year.
Mollie Parsons of Dayton also is charged with failing to provide for a functionally impaired person and tampering with records.
Authorities say Makayla Norman had bed sores and showed other signs of neglect when she died on March 1, 2011. They say 42-year-old Parsons and the girl's mother were supposed to care for the girl at the Normans' home.
A Cincinnati-area family services agency that's come under recent fire over child abuse deaths is likely to receive $2 million to hire more caseworkers, supervisors and case reviewers.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the director of the Hamilton County Job and Family Services asked for the funds in an April 5 memo and two of the three commissioners who'll vote on the request say they support it.
They say the money will come from $28 million set aside for a possible fine in an investigation into agency bookkeeping.
Montgomery County Children Services says Abuse and neglect referrals are down. The 4 percent drop in 2011 was included in new statistics released Monday. The number of referrals dropped from 3,903 in 2010 to 3,757 in 2011.
But in a report from the Dayton Daily News, officials are say cases of severe abuse and cases involving multiple victims or perpetrators are evident.