Governor DeWine Launches Effort To Recruit Foster Families

Governor Mike DeWine wants to increase the number of foster families available to meet the growing need, and has launched a recruiting effort. The state has a new foster care and adoption website that gives Ohioans information on requirements and responsibilities for would-be foster parents. But Bret Crow with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says it is part of a larger public awareness campaign. “That involves display ads, it involves social media hits, it involves key word searches.”

The number of kids in foster care has soared 28 percent in the last five years, in nearly all cases because of the opioid crisis.  One of DeWine’s first executive orders was to elevate foster care priorities within the job and family services agency.

Facts & Data

13,174 Children 0-17 in foster care
14% Youth who are not with a family (in group/institution)
17 Average length of stay for children in FC (months)
1,244 Number of children at risk for aging out
48% Youth with 1 placement
24% Youth with 2 placements
11% Youth with 3 placements
17% Youth with 4 or more placements

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Driving Better Outcomes for Children in Foster Care through Improved Foster Parent Recruitment and Retention

CliffsNotes on Family First Act by the Chronicle of Social Change

Summaries of the Family First Prevention Services Act by the Children's Defense Fund

On The Navajo Nation, Foster Care Families Are In Short Supply (Includes audio)

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