Ohio Officials Make Plea For More Foster Parents

Aug 25, 2017

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.

There are more than 15,000 children in Ohio’s foster care system but only 7,200 families to take them in.

In some counties, more than half of the kids in protective custody are placed outside the county due to a lack of families.

Attorney General Mike DeWine blames the opioid epidemic.

“We have today in Ohio a foster care crisis of immense proportions,” DeWine says.

DeWine says $1 million from the state’s crime victims fund will be put into programs in 10 counties to help existing foster and kinship care families, but not to recruit new ones.

There’s also a new webpage on the attorney general’s site with information on how to become foster parents.