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Crisis in Ohio's Foster Care System Worsens


Ohio's foster-care system is bursting at the seams with an alarming trend, showing abused and neglected children left hoping to be placed in forever homes throughout the holidays. According to the report by the Public Children Services Association of Ohio ...


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"In fact, if this trajectory continues, we're looking at the possibility of having 20,000 children in agency custody by 2020, and that will undoubtedly explode our children's services agencies budget," he warns. Across Ohio, more than half the cases of children being removed from their parents' care in 2016 were due to parental drug useWhile the state has committed $30 million in new money for child services through 2019, it's still in the shadows of 175 million in expected need, if the current trend continues. Britton says it's already tough for a child to navigate through an already beleaguered foster-care system, coping with problems that so many can't even bearHe says often a better scenario is kinship care, where a child is placed with a close relativeBut he says that option sometimes is equally problematic with the growing generational addiction of opioids. "It can be difficult finding kin who are not themselves addicted, but even when we do there is a lot of stress on these grandparents who are living on fixed budgets, on these aunts who have to pay for even more child care," he laments Britton says the state has done good work in helping to expand kinship care, but he says a lot more needs to be done to reverse the overall alarming trend in the foster care system including, increased funding to cover foster-care placement costs and the recruitment of more foster and adoptive homes.Trimmel Gomes, Public News Service - OH Support our workGet more headlines like this via email !! function myFunction() { var x = document.referrer; document.getElementById("demo").innerHTML = x; }   About PNS Media Facts Support Us Contact Us PNS Employment Mission/History Editorial Policy Pitch Our Journalists Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyri

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