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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Two Democratic Ohio lawmakers are sponsoring what’s being called the “Foster Youth Bill of Rights” that they say will give at least 15,000 children in the state’s custody more knowledge about their options and give them more of a voice in their care. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports the… Read More
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Officials say volunteers are being sought in nearly half of Kentucky’s counties to review cases of children in the foster care system. A statement from the Administrative Office of the Courts said that Citizen Foster Care Review Boards want people who can review cases to ensure that foster children are placed… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Advocates for Ohio children cared for by relative adults say a state plan to address funding disparities for those children is illegal and inadequate. At issue are people who take custody of children they’re related to but who aren’t licensed foster parents. A long-time gap exists in Ohio between payments to… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An advocate for people who take custody of children they’re related to says a lawsuit seeking to boost payments for those children’s care was made necessary by the state’s inaction. Barbara Turpin is with the Ohio Grandparents/Kinship Coalition. She says she’s hopeful a federal lawsuit filed last week against the state… Read More
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has appointed an ombudsman for its overwhelmed foster care system. The state health department announced Monday that Pamela M. Woodman-Kaehler has been named to the newly-created position. Her job will be to investigate complaints and collect data about the state’s foster care system. The number of children under state… Read More
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The overwhelmed foster care system in opioid-ravaged West Virginia has failed to protect children, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday. The lawsuit seeking class-action status was filed in U.S. District Court on behalf of a dozen children against Gov. Jim Justice, the state Department of Health and Human Resources and… Read More
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Officials say 22 Kentucky counties need volunteers to review cases of children in foster care. Volunteers review the cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The Administrative Office of the Courts says in… Read More
With drug use surging in the past decade and a half, many parents are losing custody of their kids. But is foster care the best solution?
Are you are interested in learning more about parenting opportunities through foster care and adoption? Attend this information meeting at Athens County Children Services and get your questions answered. There is no obligation to move forward. Light refreshments will be provided.
Ohio has nearly 16,000 children in the custody of county children’s services agencies. Gov. Mike DeWine wants to increase the number of foster care families available to meet that need. Here is one effort that’s designed to recruit more foster parents. The state has a new foster care and adoption website that gives Ohioans information on requirements and… Read More
Gov.-elect Mike DeWine has said children’s initiatives are a top priority. But one group that advocates for kids says it’s going to push him to prove that in the upcoming state budget. 3,500 more kids are in children services custody now than were five years ago, and during that time there’s also been a 92… Read More