foster care

How The Opioid Epidemic Impacts Foster Care In Ohio

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Opioid addiction continues to deplete Ohio’s communities and is driving up the number of children entering foster care. It’s been a year since the Ohio Attorney General’s office granted money for 30 Days to Family Ohio to address the issue.

30 Days to Family Ohio was created to move children from foster care to family care in the shortest time possible. In its second year, the program is looking for more funding and county involvement.

Today on All Sides, we check in on the initiative and scope of foster care in Ohio.

Update: 5:25 p.m., Wednesday

Franklin County Children's Services said on Twitter Wednesday afternoon that they'd made contact with the girl's parents, who were cooperating with an inquiry. 

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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is touting a bill recently passed by Congress to support grandparents now raising their grandchildren in light of the opioid epidemic.

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Ohio has launched a program to help young adults who have aged out of the foster care system make the transition to living independently.

Ross County Family Services case work Lori Myers
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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.

Endangered Children

Dec 1, 2017
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An investigation done into the child welfare system of Ohio got lawmaker and media attention. Stories of deaths and hospitalizations came from the probe along with questions about how to protect children facing abuse. 

A new government report says the number of children in the U.S. foster care system has increased for the fourth year in a row, due largely to an uptick in substance abuse by parents.

The report, issued annually by the Administration for Children and Families of the Department of Health and Human Services, shows that 437,500 children were in foster care by the end of fiscal year 2016. A year earlier the number was 427,400.

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The number of children in Ohio who are placed in foster care continues to increase as the opioid crisis worsens. State officials say that's led to a shortage of foster parents.

Debbie Holmes

Paying bills. Making friends. Finding a job, housing, or even just food. Aging out of foster care brings a range of challenges for young adults thrust into a new world.

A new program at Capital University is trying to help.

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A new annual report on poverty indicates nearly 15 percent of Ohioans lived at or below the federal poverty line in 2015, down from 16.4 percent in 2011.

Extended Support for Ohio Foster Care

Aug 19, 2016
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There are 15,00 children in Ohio's foster care system. Now, Governor Kasich has signed a new bill that will extend the age foster care children can receive support until, from 18 to 21 years of age. 

Extended Support for Ohio Foster Care

Jun 28, 2016
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There are 15,00 children in Ohio's foster care system. Now, Governor Kasich has signed a new bill that will extend the age foster care children can receive support until, from 18 to 21 years of age. 

Adults Aging Out Of Foster Care Would Get Help Until 21 Under New Proposal

Jul 15, 2015
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Caught up in the shuffle of bills state lawmakers were working on before summer break is a big change to Ohio’s foster care system. 

Extending Foster Care

Feb 13, 2014

10:00 For most kids, age 18 is the exciting start of adulthood. But for kids in foster care, 18 can signal the end of legal protections, and for some, a time of homelessness. Several states have moved to extend the age when foster care ends to 21, and that movement has recently gained momentum in Ohio. This hour, we'll weigh the societal and financial costs and benefits of letting kids stay a little longer.

Guests

Orphanages

Sep 30, 2010

The Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Orphans Home in Xenia, Ohio, with author and local historian Ed Lentz and former residents of the home Robert Impson and Morrison Gilbert.  Proposal to bring back well-run orphanages as an alternative to foster care for some neglected or abandoned children in the U.S., with University of California Irvine economics professor Richard McKenzie.