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Foster Care

Jerry Kenney

Ohio officials recently announced a plan aimed at making it easier to become a foster parent. There’s a growing shortage of placements as a result of the worsening opioid epidemic. The addiction crisis is also making it more difficult to place children removed from an unstable home with family members, advocates say.

 

As of August, more than 15,000 children were reported in foster care in Ohio, but the state has just 7,200 foster families ready to take them.

 

The Ohio House has passed a bill that would extend the age for people to receive foster care services to 21.  Advocates estimate over 1,000 people age out of foster care at age 18 each year.

The measure would increase to 21 the age that foster youths could get services, provided they meet certain education and work requirements.

The proposal would give the state until 2017 to find funding for foster youths between 18 and 21.

Changes To Ohio's Foster Care System Still Possible

Jul 15, 2015

Before state lawmakers went on their summer break, they were discussing changes to Ohio's foster care system. 

About 1,000 foster care kids turn 18 and age out of the program every year. Republican State Rep. Dorothy Pelanda of Marysville is sponsoring a bill that would extend the age out age to 21 to give those youth more time to develop the skills they need to be independent.

Children’s Services workers at Montgomery County could go on strike soon after contract negotiations with the county broke down early this week. Children’s Services facilitates foster care and adoption and works with abused and neglected kids and their families. About 230 county workers with the Professional Guild of Ohio (PGO) Council 12 are asking for higher pay increases than the county is willing to offer, and more than 100 protested at a county commission meeting Tuesday.

A new report says Ohio should reduce the number of times a child enters and exits the foster care system and give foster parents more input into court proceedings involving the children in their care.

The Ohio Foster Care Advisory Group also recommends improving the system governing court-appointed lawyers who look out for foster children's interests.

Attorney General Mike DeWine said Monday some of the changes will involve action by the Ohio Supreme Court and others need new legislation.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for February 17, 2013 including the following stories:

-Ohio Could See More Federal Support For Manufacturing, by Emily McCord

FLOC Dayton

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.

You can here WYSO Weekend Sunday mornings at 10:30.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has formed an advisory group to help solve some of the biggest problems in the state's foster-care system, including safety and stability.

DeWine announced the formation of the group at a news conference on Monday and gave its members a March deadline to issue recommendations to improve the system.

The announcement came almost one year after DeWine's office held the first of eight child-safety summits in the state following a rash of shocking cases.