Ohio is celebrating its 212th birthday with special events at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
Many rites of passages come along with turning eighteen…high school graduation, voting, entering the work force or college. For most young people it means the first time away from home and parents – an exciting, albeit scary, time for which many teens have been anxiously waiting for years. But for youth who reach the age of majority while in foster care, the rite of passage comes with additional challenges.
A new state law aims to make adoption easier in the state of Ohio. The legislation makes it easier for foster parents to adopt and could lessen burdens on mothers who choose to give up their babies for adoption.
Last year’s death of a three-year-old Butler County boy at the hands of his foster parents is prompting continued debate among Ohio legislators over how to prevent future cases of abuse.
Some Ohio lawmakers are touting a new bill that they say will better protect children in foster care.
People who want to be foster parents should be prepared for more background checks, more training, and more visits from social workers.