Attorney General Says Ohio Child Wefare System Needs Upgrade

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says children are often returned to their biological parents when they should be candidates for permanent adoption.(Photo: U.S. Senate)
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says children are often returned to their biological parents when they should be candidates for permanent adoption.(Photo: U.S. Senate)

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has released the results of a year-long investigation into the state of the child welfare system in Ohio.

After what his office calls the tragic deaths of several Ohio children, Attorney General DeWine convened a series of eight child safety summits to examine the status of child welfare and foster care.

Today’s report brought a series of recommendations, including increasing foster parent participation in children’s lives, increasing accountability and funding to the foster care system, and finding stable homes for children.

Click here for more details from Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen.

The report cites problems with what it calls Planned Permanent Living Arrangements, essentially long-term foster care that makes it harder to reunify the child with their biological parents and often blocks the road for permanent adoptions.

The Attorney General’s office is also setting up a Foster Care Advisory Group to further study the issue.

The report says there are about 12,000 Ohio children in foster care at any given time.

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