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New Effort to Strengthen Ohio’s Foster Care System

PHOTO: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has formed a Foster Care Advisory Group to develop recommendations to help strengthen the state’s foster-care system.
PHOTO: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has formed a Foster Care Advisory Group to develop recommendations to help strengthen the state’s foster-care system.
January 14, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new effort is under way to help repair cracks in Ohio's child-welfare and foster-care system. A 20-member Foster Care Advisory Group, formed by Attorney General Mike DeWine, is charged with developing proposals that will reduce cases of abuse and neglect and help children find a permanent home.

Dewine says too often children in foster care are being put back into abusive homes. He says while family reunification is important, the safety of the child must be the most important thing.

"In some cases, we're not as a society following that; we're not as worried about the safety of the children. We're not taking that into consideration as high as the federal law requires or that good common sense would indicate."

The advisory group consists of diverse experts including former foster youths, foster parents, members of law enforcement and individuals who work in the child-welfare system. The panel is reviewing the attorney general's recent Child Safety Summit Report, which outlines concerns after a series of summits held throughout the state.

The group will also address other issues in the system, including a lack of mentoring, decreased accountability and children aging out of foster care.

Dewine says it's critical to ensure that every child has a safe, stable home.

"That child has to have what every child should have, and that is a permanent home. And we have to be willing as a society, in these extreme cases, to cut off parental rights and allow that child to be adopted by another family."

DeWine says while more funding is always beneficial, the panel has to be realistic in its suggestions.

"I don't think anyone's expecting a great infusion of money. What this group is trying to look at is what can we do with the existing money we have and what changes should we make."

The group's recommendations are due by March 10.

The report is available at www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH