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Ohio foster care children, costs rise sharply


In October, the number surpassed 15,500. “If entry rates continue at this pace, more than 20,000 Ohio kids will be in care on any given day by 2020, and the cost of placing them in foster homes and residential facilities, where more traumatized children ...


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Akron Ohio News - Ohio foster care children, costs rise sharply function bookmarksite(title,url){ if (window.sidebar) // firefox window.sidebar.addPanel(title, url, ""); else if(window.opera && window.print){ // opera var elem = document.createElement('a'); elem.setAttribute('href',url); elem.setAttribute('title',title); elem.setAttribute('rel','sidebar'); elem.click(); } else if(document.all)// ie window.external.AddFavorite(url, title); } function popUp(URL) { day = new Date(); id = day.getTime(); eval("page" + id + " = window.open(URL, '" + id + "', 'toolbar=0,scrollbars=1,location=0,statusbar=0,menubar=0,resizable=1,width=400,height=500,left = 690,top = 125');"); } // End --> Friday, December 29, 2017 Search recent news: Community News Local woman says ?yes? to missionary assignmentSummit County leading opioid lawsuitOhio foster care children, costs rise sharplyWoodridge planning for levy on May ballotPanovich looks back on years as Copley trusteeCopley firefighter ready to take officeWest Side News & NotesNew Copley firefighters sworn in, department now fully staffedRichfield Village Council says goodbye to two membersGranger trustees get update on fire department activitiesLong-time Sharon trustee?s retirement celebratedScouts place wreaths at Western Reserve National CemeteryLocal Scouts earn Eagle rank | Opinion Norton resident appreciates Christmas poemCollection for Toys for Tots a successAll hail the Carnival conquerorCartoons: 12-28-17 | Education Revere board recognizes memberStSebastian students exceed food drive goalResnik students send holiday cheer to troopsFirestone CLC hosting robotics competitionWest Side Education News & Notes | Sports Selfless Elf 5K raises funds for FoodbankCoach excited by Firestone girls bowling team?s potentialHighland wrestlers eager to enter ?the next tier?Copley U13 girls team ends season undefeated | Neighborhood Watch West Side Neighborhood WatchWest Side Police News & Notes | Business Allergy Diagnostic Systems helping patients with allergiesWest Side Business News & NotesCitizens Bank hosts Holiday Spree | Entertainment & Lifestyle Volunteers seeing perks of ushering at E.JThomasRebellious teenager takes flight in ?Lady Bird?Enjoy birds during winter in CVNPCuyahoga Valley National Park seeking volunteer ambassadors | Real Estate & Home Mortgage loan owners sometimes change | Classifieds | Contact Us Homepage | Archives | Calendar of Events | Exploring Akron | Death Notices | Holiday Highlights | Get email news alerts | About Us Community News Ohio foster care children, costs rise sharply 12/28/2017 - West Side Leader       By Staff Writer OHIO — The Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO) has released a report showing 1,000 more children spent the holiday in foster care this year, compared to 2016, instead of at home with their familiesStatewide membership organization officials for county children services agencies added that by next Christmas, it could be 2,000 more if the rate at which children are entering custody due to the opioid epidemic continues along its current trajectory. PCSAO Executive Director Angela Sausser said Ohio led the nation from 2002 to 2010 in safely reducing the number of children in out-of-home care by 42 percent. “But the Great Recession, followed by the opioid crisis, led to more children being drawn into the system, and these kids are more complex, their trauma more challenging and their placement costs dramatically higher than Ohio’s child protection agencies have ever witnessed,” she added. Officials said on July 1, 2013, there were 12,654 children in agency custody, and four years later that number climbed to 15,145In October, the number surpassed 15,500. “If entry rates continue at this pace, more than 20,000 Ohio kids will be in care on any given day by 2020, and the cost of placing them in foster homes and residential facilities, where more traumatized children can get the behavioral health services they need, will surge by 67 percent to over half a billion dollars a year,” said Sausser“We are sounding the alarm now — we need helpWe need substantially more state resources before we lose the ability to provide essential services to vulnerable children.” Officials said the legislature stepped in this year to provide more funding to beleaguered county children services agencies, adding $15 million to the $45 million that Ohio kicks in to match federal and local funds each yearBut foster care placement costs alone have risen by an estimated $45 million since last year, and that doesn’t count staffing or other agency services, or for all the children placed with relatives. “Placing abused and neglected children with kin leads to better long-term outcomes and is far less costly to government, but it means that grandparents on fixed incomes and aunts with kids of their own must find a way to pay for food, clothes, child care and other expenses,” said Sausser“The legislature stepped up again and provided $15 million a year in federal funds to create child care assistance for kinship familiesHowever, that program has been delayed.” Officials said voters in over half the counties generously support property tax levies for children services, but as a whole, counties already shoulder more than half the cost of paying for child protection in Ohio, which relies more heavily on local dollars than any other state in the nationFederal finance reform that would have helped address some of these issues was on the horizon last year but stalled, they added. “Ohio needs a long-term solution to this crisis and leadership to get us there before agency budgets collapse and our workforce jumps ship,” said Sausser“We already have a lack of available foster homes in OhioWith the projected increases, we will have children sleeping in county agency lobbies with no available foster family to take them in.” Sausser added that California has embarked on an ambitious reform initiative that is realigning services along a continuum of care, a model that offers innovative and cost-saving ideas that could be adopted in Ohio. To see a full copy of the PCSAO report, visit www.pcsao.org/news/79.   Maria Lindsay contributed to this report.       More Community News Local woman says ?yes? to missionary assignment Summit County leading opioid lawsuit Ohio foster care children, costs rise sharply Woodridge planning for levy on May ballot Panovich looks back on years as Copley trustee Copley firefighter ready to take office West Side News & Notes New Copley firefighters sworn in, department now fully staffed Richfield Village Council says goodbye to two members Granger trustees get update on fire department activities Long-time Sharon trustee?s retirement celebrated Scouts place wreaths at Western Reserve National Cemetery Local Scouts earn Eagle rank Calendar of Events Winter Survivor Skills for Adults - 12/29/2017 A New Adventure: group for widows and widowers - 12/30/2017 Mannheim Steamroller Christmas - 12/30/2017 Laura Varcho & Time Akin Band; East of Seattle - 12/30/2017 A New Beginning: group for widows and widowers - 12/30/2017      ...More Events About Us | Contact Us | Advertise | Editorial Forms | Privacy Statement |

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