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Report: Child Poverty, Foster Home Placements on the Rise in Ohio

July 25, 2007

This year's "Kids Count" report, released today, shows Ohio has lots of room for improvement. Barbara Turpin is director of the Kids Count program in Ohio. She says the report found more kids living in poverty and more parents without secure jobs. She warns that leads to other problems, including a growing number of children being removed from families and put in foster care.

"A lot of these situations come up as a result of families' inability to provide the appropriate needs for their children, and sometimes the stressors do lead to abuse and neglect."

She adds that recent minimum wage increase will help, and so will efforts to make sure low-income families use the earned income tax credit. The annual report tracks children's well-being state-by-state and nationwide.

On the plus side, Turpin says the report found a big improvement in the state's high school drop-out rate.

"The value of staying in school is being imparted through families to the students, and hopefully school systems are meeting more of the needs of children to encourage them to stay in school."

The report is at www.kidscount.org.

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OH