Foster Care

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. 

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

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is calling for a review of the state's foster care system, citing the effects of the opioid crisis.

A program that helps Ohio families struggling with addiction is expanding. 

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 Police

A Newark man has been sentenced to four years in prison in the death of his foster child.  

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. 

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.

Ohio has made slight improvements in placing foster children with families. 

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. 

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Nearly 16 thousand Ohio children are in the custody of county children's service agencies. 

An operator of group homes for teens and young adults is closing its facility in North Linden by March 3rd.

New research by the non-partisan Annie E. Casey foundation shows Ohio youths in foster care have a difficult time transitioning into adulthood. 

Newark Police

A Newark foster father has pleaded not guilty to upgraded charges of murdering a child. 

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.

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 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.

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.

Ohio Public Radio

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is announcing a program to help families hurt by parents' addiction to opioids.

In the last seven years, the number of Ohio kids taken into custody by children services agencies rose by nearly 20 percent.

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.

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.

Bills pending in the Ohio House and Senate would change the state's foster care system. 

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. 

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. 

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.