jobs and family services

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Among the many ballot measures and tax levies approved around Ohio, one in Vinton County could provide some relief from the opioid crisis.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a program to help families hurt by parents' addiction to painkillers and heroin.

Gabe Rosenberg

Jennifer Mills drives down a long open road, flanked by fields of yellow grass, clouds overhanging.

As a child services caseworker, Mills says on most days she will drive from one end of Ross County to the other, filing paperwork at the local courthouse and to check in on her clients. Most are parents struggling to keep their kids, and kids adjusting to living without their parents. 

In the last seven years, the number of children taken into custody by children services agencies in Ohio soared by nearly 20%, and half of those cases involve parental drug use. And the agencies charged with caring for those kids say Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget doesn’t do enough to help them

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The number of workers unemployed in Ohio rose slightly in September.  The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reports the unemployment was 4.8 percent in September, up from 4.7 percent in August.