Feds Fine Ohio for Not Meeting Child Welfare Services Goals

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio is being fined $3.8 million by the federal government for not meeting certain goals related to child protective services.

The state failed to pass muster on two measures of Ohio’s protective-services system. It met just four of 14 criteria on the federal Child and Family Services Review standards in 2008.

The state submitted an improvement plan and by 2012 had met nearly all the goals except for standards on recurrence of maltreatment and on child and parent visitation.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suspended the fine, but finally imposed it last month.

Most states struggled, at least initially, to meet standards that were created more than a decade ago.