Clark County is one of eight Ohio counties hard hit by the opioid crisis that have been chosen to participate in a pilot program to recruit more relatives and foster families to care for children in need.
A veteran Ohio politician called on Wednesday for the creation of a special state fund to help counties boost employment, fight opioid abuse and cover basic expenses.
The number of children in Ohio’s foster care system is on the rise due to the growing opioid epidemic. Over the holidays there were a thousand more children placed into the system than in 2016.
More than 100 dead from accidental drug overdoses hasn’t been the only effect of another record-setting year in the trenches of the opioid epidemic in Trumbull County.
It’s no secret the opioid epidemic has put a strain on children services departments throughout Ohio. Lake County voters should be well aware of the problem.
The response to Ohio’s opioid problems can’t be just about helping adults face their addictions. Communities must also make sure the innocent victims of the epidemic aren’t forgotten.
Volunteers place 1,240 handmade pinwheels in front of Athens County Children Services along East State Street in 2016. ... One of the many ways the opioid epidemic has negatively impacted Ohio is by increasing the amount of children in the state's foster care system, a new report has found.
A tsunami of opioid-affected children is flooding Ohio’s children services agencies, exploding county budgets and overwhelming available foster care resources.
The opioid epidemic is impacting the child welfare system locally and across Ohio with more children in custody than ever before. Ashland County has seen almost double the number of children in custody in 2017 compared to the same time last year, Department of Job and Family Services social services administrator Jana Carroll said Friday.
On this Christmas Day, the opioid epidemic casts a shadow. In part, that is timing. On Thursday, the National Centers for Health Statistics released numbers detailing the toll in 2016, nationally 63,632 people dying from drug overdoses, at a rate of nearly 20 per 100,000 people.
A tsunami of opioid-affected children is flooding Ohio's children services agencies, exploding county budgets and overwhelming available foster care resources. Compared to 2016, a thousand more Ohio kids will be spending the holidays in foster care this year, instead of at home with their family.
More than 15,500 children are in the custody of Ohio's children service agencies, a 23 percent increase over 2016, according to the latest data from the Public Children Protective Services Association of Ohio, a Columbus-based nonprofit. Report:
The Opioid Epidemic's Impact on Children's Services in Ohio
According to a Public Children Services Association of Ohio report, 1,000 more Ohio children are expected to spend the holidays in foster care compared to figures from 2016.
The number of Ohio children neglected because of parental drug use is swelling foster care rolls and straining county children services agency budgets, according to a new report.
The growing number of Ohio children neglected because of parental drug use is straining county children services agencies, according to a new report.
More Lucas County children are in foster care now than at this time last year, and child-welfare officials worry the number of children in need soon will outpace the capacity of foster homes available to take them in.
A new report says opioids are overwhelming Ohio's foster care system saying a thousand more kids will spend Christmas in foster care compared to last year. Fostering is tough, especially during the holidays when family time is treasured.
A local initiative to connect children in foster care with their relatives is getting a boost from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Stark is one of eight counties hit by the opioid crisis that has been selected for a pilot program funded by a $1 million grant from the Attorney General and run by Waiting Child Fund, a Cleveland-based not-for-profit organization.
The opioid crisis is overwhelming Ohio's foster care system as record numbers of children are removed from the homes of drug-addicted parents, the state's children service advocacy group said Thursday.
"In 2015, two years ago we had about 50 percent of the children in foster care primarily because of their parents substance use," said Angela Sausser, the Executive Director of Public Children Services Association of Ohio. Children are also falling victim to the crisis. Sausser says in a few years ...
We could have 20,000 children in custody by 2020, and we could be spending more than half a billion dollars in placement costs," said Scott Britton, assistant director of the Public Children Services Association of Ohio. "
Child advocates say the opioid crisis is overwhelming Ohio’s foster care system as more and more children are removed from the homes of drug-addicted parents.
Summit and Stark counties will participate in a new state program designed to recruit more foster families. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Wednesday that eight counties that have been hard hit by the opioid epidemic will take part in the Foster Care Recruitment Program.
Clark and Montgomery counties will participate in a new pilot program to recruit foster families, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office. Eight counties particularly hard-hit by the opioid addiction crisis were selected for the program, which will be funded by a $1-million grant.
The year-long “Protecting Our Children” series published by The Daily Item and Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. newspapers in Pennsylvania and Ohio has helped bring awareness to the needs of children and child welfare workers tasked with ensuring their safety, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said.