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Ohio Leads the Pack in the Safe Reduction of Kids in Foster Care

May 27, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio leads the nation when it comes to keeping children in safe, stable homes, according to a new report. The Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO) releases its Factbook today, a biennial compilation of statewide and county-specific data related to child abuse and neglect.

Factbook project manager and PCSAO Legislative Director Greg Kapcar says, within the state's child protection system, it's good news that fewer children are being placed in foster care.

"We continue to see an intentional decrease in the number of children who are in placement, and Ohio has achieved a steady reduction of children in foster and group care."

Between 2002 and 2010, the data shows Ohio had a 42 percent reduction in the number of children placed in out-of-home care, a better record than any other state. Kapcar notes this has taken a multi-pronged effort that includes flexible funding, support for relatives as caregivers, risk and safety assessment tools, and preventive services to help avoid placing children into foster care.

The progress comes at a time when reports of child maltreatment have increased, which Kapcar says underscores the importance of continuing to strengthen Ohio's families.

"We want to maintain, and we need services for, a vulnerable population. It certainly lends support to the fact that child welfare in Ohio is a worthy investment. We have significant outcomes as it relates to children and families."

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month, and in Ohio, more than 11,000 children are in foster care. See the Factbook online at

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH