Public Children Services Association of Ohio

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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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In the last seven years, the number of children taken into custody by children services agencies in Ohio soared by nearly 20 percent, and half of those cases involve parental drug use. And the agencies charged with caring for those kids say Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget doesn’t do enough to help them.

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Ohio leads the nation in opiate overdose deaths, with an average of eight people dying each day last year. And thousands more are addicted, and in many cases, those addicts have families. Two children services directors are on the front lines of this crisis.

Ohio Opioid Epidemic Putting a Strain on Foster Care

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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.