News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Lehmans

Knight Foundation


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Health and Medicine


Ohio considering alternative to foster care
New program would provide stipend for care of extended family
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA
and ROBERT SUSTERSIC


Reporter
Kabir Bhatia
 
In The Region:
Ohio may be joining 30 other states in a new program designed to reduce the number – and cost -- of kids in foster care. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
Ohio considering alternative to foster care

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:08)


Kinship-guardian assistance programs allow families to get foster care money for taking in children from their extended family – such as grandparents raising grandkids, or aunts and uncles raising nieces and nephews.

Chris Vasco, spokesman for Summit County Child Services, says Ohio may start a similar program because children are better off with relatives than foster families.

“Reducing the trauma for the children when you move them from their birth parents to a placement outside the home. If you can place them with grandparents or a relative, it’s generally a very positive kind of thing. For one thing, relative placements are usually more stable than foster care placements and that sort of thing.”

New York, California and Louisiana are among the states that have started kinship-guardian assistance programs since they were authorized by the federal Fostering Connections Act of 2008. The law allows states to waive some foster care requirements – such as bedroom size -- when placing children with family members.

A study by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says families in the new program would get a maximum annual stipend of $3600 per child, versus a cost of about $44,000 in foster care.
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio's Supreme Court narrowly upholds Ashford Thompson's death sentence
"Justices" William O’Neill, Paul Pfeifer and Judith Lanzinger should all be immediately removed from the court. If they could actually believe that this murde...

Ohio's Sen. Brown is pushing for more assistance for homeless vets
That would be a great program to have for the homeless vets. Many of them are still suffering from PTSD even from the Vietnam war.

Lordstown GM plant plans to install 8,500 solar panels
How much will this solar array cost? How is it being funded, and who is really paying for it? How much real useful electricity will it actually produce in MEh p...

Local Ebola concerns cause officials to pay more attention to West Africa
I have a better idea, let's secure our borders and spend those billions of dollars on our own first.

HUD and Cuyahoga Land Bank extend a housing deal for another year
Need to sale lot, and would like to know how to contact someone to see if they may be interested in the property that sat between two lots. If you can give me...

Akron Beacon Journal details abuse claims against televangelist Angley
In the early 90's I went forth for pray. And the man was anointed by the hand of God. Just a fact I will never forget

Lawmaker questions why a million voters didn't get absentee applications
He's a damn lie! I vote n all elections. I missed 1. Haven't gotten my absentee ballot and their making it hard to get one.

Thirsty Dog Brewery warns it might have to leave Akron
Why is it the city's responsibility to find this guy a location? There are a hundred realestate companies that could help him.

Kent State sends home three after contact with second Ebola-stricken nurse
Why weren't all health workers who were around Duncan quaranteened for 21 days and tested for Ebola? That's a no-brainer. Why was Vinson allowed to travel right...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University