Task Force Issues Recommendations On Child Welfare System

DeWine's office held child safety summits in the state following a rash of deaths among children whom the system failed.(Photo: Flickr)
DeWine's office held child safety summits in the state following a rash of deaths among children whom the system failed.(Photo: Flickr)

A new report says Ohio should reduce the number of times a child enters and exits the foster care system and give foster parents more input into court proceedings involving the children in their care.

The Ohio Foster Care Advisory Group also recommends improving the system governing court-appointed lawyers who look out for foster children’s interests.

Attorney General Mike DeWine said Monday some of the changes will involve action by the Ohio Supreme Court and others need new legislation.

Click here to hear more from DeWine and state lawmakers who hope to push some of the report’s recommendations into law.

DeWine’s office took testimony at a series of statewide meetings following a rash of deaths among children whom the system failed, including the October 2011 death of a 2-year-old Cincinnati boy who had been beaten and burned two months after he was returned to his parents’ home from foster care.

Comments
  • Marlene Talbott-Green PhD

    Perhaps if potential parents would have greater access to free contraceptive birth control possibilities, we wouldn’t need so much foster care. But no. Mike Dewine is all about keeping women from having birth control, has even sent “scathing letters” to those who, through Obamacare, would insure that women had birth control without having to co-pay. What can DeWine possibly have to recommend that would be of any real help?:

    • Marlene TalbottGreen PhD

      Oh, I forgot. He could recommend the defunding of Planned Parenthood. I’m sure he will, if he hasn’t already. This is what he does. He’s at war with women’s reproductive rights, because he is a Catholic, and wants everybody else to believe as he does. And he’s Ohio’s ATTORNEY GENERAL, looking after our rights, right?