Foster Care

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The Ohio House has unanimously passed a bill to offer some flexibility in state training requirements for people who want to become foster parents. This comes as the system struggles with more kids than ever and not enough foster homes.

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COLEMAN PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Foster kids in Portage and Stark Counties who are aging out of the system and facing the possibility of homelessness now have an option for support.

Coleman Professional Services has opened the first apartments for young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 who are no longer eligible for foster care.

Kathy Myers is the Director of Communications and Advocacy at Coleman.

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Children services officials are celebrating a proposal from Gov. Mike DeWine that nearly doubles the amount of state funding that goes towards their cause. They say this is the first indication in a long time that the state is taking issues like foster care seriously. 

DeWine wants to pump $74 million into the family and children services fund, bringing the total annual amount to $151 million.

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Ohio has nearly 16,000 children in the custody of county children’s services agencies. Gov. Mike DeWine has indicated he wants to increase the number of foster care families available to meet that need, and one effort is getting underway.  

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Here are your headlines for Monday, January 21, 2019:

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, Feb. 6:

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On the same day that the federal government released stats showing Ohio has the second-highest opioid death rate in the nation, the state’s children services’ agencies are saying their system is straining under the pressure of the deadly crisis.

There are more than 15,500 kids in foster care on any given day in Ohio. And Angela Sausser with the Public Children Services Association of Ohio said that’s likely to go to more than 20,000 by 2020.

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, December 22:

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The number of children in Ohio who are placed in foster care continues to increase as the opioid crisis worsens. There’s a shortage of foster care families to meet the need.

Ohio Opioid Epidemic Putting a Strain on Foster Care

Sep 20, 2016
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PUBLIC CHILDREN SERVICES ASSOCIATION OF OHIO

A recent survey by an Ohio child welfare association found at least half of the children taken into custody last year had parents on who were addicted to drugs. That's causing a straing on the child welfare systems across the state.

According to the survey, 75 percent of the 913 children authorities removed from homes in Cuyahoga County last year was due to one or more parents' drug addiction. In 11-percent of those cases, the parents were hooked on opioids says Angela Sausser, Executive Director of Public Children Services Association of Ohio.