Foster Care State Will Provide Safety Net For Teens Aging Out Of Foster Care During Pandemic By Jim Letizia • Apr 27, 2020 Ohio health officials report 728 confirmed and probable deaths associated with COVID-19 as of Sunday, with nearly 16 thousand confirmed cases and nearly 32 hundred hospitalizations. State Panel Issues Preliminary Report On Improving Child Welfare System By Ohio Public Radio • Feb 6, 2020 Ohio Public Radio The state advisory council that's been looking into how to improve Ohio's overloaded child welfare system has made some preliminary recommendations. Governor Orders Review Of Foster Care System By Jim Letizia • Nov 5, 2019 Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is calling for a review of the state's foster care system, citing the effects of the opioid crisis. State Program Helping Kids With Addicted Parents Is Expanding By Jim Letizia • Oct 31, 2019 osatg.org A program that helps Ohio families struggling with addiction is expanding. State Plans To Increase Payments To Child Caregivers By Associated Press • Oct 24, 2019 The state plans to increase payments to the approved caregiver relatives of children taken from their parents, even when the relatives aren't licensed. Newark Man Gets Four Year Sentence In Death Of Foster Child By Alison Holm • Aug 20, 2019 Newark Police A Newark man has been sentenced to four years in prison in the death of his foster child. Newark Foster Father Found Guilty Of Abusing Child By Jim Letizia • Aug 7, 2019 Newark Police Sentencing is scheduled August 19th for a Newark foster father found guilty by a jury Monday of causing the death of his 5-year-old foster son last year. Budget Plan From Ohio House Includes Tax Changes, More Money For Foster Care By Associated Press & Jim Letizia • May 3, 2019 Ohio Public Radio Ohio House lawmakers have proposed reducing state income taxes for low- and moderate-income people in their version of the two-year state budget proposal. Report: Ohio Has More Teens Staying In Group Homes By Jim Letizia • Apr 11, 2019 aecf.org Ohio has made slight improvements in placing foster children with families. DeWine Recommends Funding Boost For Children Services By Associated Press • Mar 8, 2019 Ohio Public Radio Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has recommended a 74 million dollar annual increase in state funding for family and children services as part of his proposed two-year state budget. DeWine Launches Effort To Recruit Foster Families By Ohio Public Radio • Jan 18, 2019 Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Nearly 16 thousand Ohio children are in the custody of county children's service agencies. Service Provider Leaving Linden By Jim Letizia • Jan 11, 2019 An operator of group homes for teens and young adults is closing its facility in North Linden by March 3rd. Report Shows Ohio Foster Children Have Problems Transitioning Into Adulthood By Jim Letizia • Nov 14, 2018 aecf.org New research by the non-partisan Annie E. Casey foundation shows Ohio youths in foster care have a difficult time transitioning into adulthood. Prosecutors Upgrade Charges Against Newark Foster Father By Jim Letizia • Oct 24, 2018 Newark Police A Newark foster father has pleaded not guilty to upgraded charges of murdering a child. Treatment Programs For Mothers With Addiction Scarce By Ohio Public Radio • Oct 9, 2018 Ohio Public Radio Opioid abuse is taking its toll on Ohio families, especially children who often find themselves being passed from one place to another with no stability. State Has Yet To Spend Allocated Money For Troubled Youth By Associated Press • Jul 2, 2018 The state has yet to spend any of the 5 million dollars allocated this year for services for troubled youth at-risk of being removed from their homes or entering the juvenile justice or foster-care systems. Newark Man Charged In Death Of His Foster Child By Jim Letizia • Jun 12, 2018 Newark Police Bond is set at 500 thousand dollars for a foster father in Newark charged with child endangerment in the death of a 5-year-old boy in his care. Opioid Crisis Forcing Even More Ohio Kids Into Foster Care By Associated Press & Ohio Public Radio • Dec 22, 2017 The Public Children Services Association of Ohio says the opioid crisis is overwhelming the foster care system as more children are removed from the homes of addicted parents. Pilot Program Designed To Help Kids With Addicted Parents By Associated Press & Ohio Public Radio • Mar 23, 2017 Ohio Public Radio Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is announcing a program to help families hurt by parents' addiction to opioids. Children Services Agencies Say State Budget Lacks Sufficient Funding To Handle Greater Caseload By Ohio Public Radio • Feb 13, 2017 In the last seven years, the number of Ohio kids taken into custody by children services agencies rose by nearly 20 percent. Opioid Crisis Forcing More Ohio Kids Into Foster Care By Associated Press • Sep 21, 2016 Child welfare advocates say more children are put into foster care amid the state's opioid crisis, but funding for children services agencies falls short. New State Law Extends Age Of Foster Care Eligibility By Associated Press • Jun 17, 2016 ohiofosteringconnections.org Foster-care eligibility in Ohio has been extended to age 21 under a new law intended to provide more support for those youths as they move into adulthood. Foster Care Advocates Call for Extending Resources For 3 Years By Ohio Public Radio • Jul 15, 2015 Bills pending in the Ohio House and Senate would change the state's foster care system. New Strategies To Help Children Find Homes By Jim Letizia • Apr 1, 2015 Ohio officials say 12 thousand children are in foster care in the state, and some will not find a family before they age out of the system. Forum To Focus On Extending Foster Care In Ohio By Mike Foley & Associated Press • Jul 30, 2014 The second of five public forums around Ohio on the issue of whether to extend foster care for young people from the age of 18 to 21 includes state legislators and community leaders. Over-prescribing Anti-psychotic Drugs For Kids? By Jim Letizia & Ohio Public Radio • Sep 27, 2012 State child welfare officials are launching a one million dollar study to determine whether anti-psychotic drugs are being over-prescribed for kids on Medicaid, especially those in foster care.