See this article in the Columbus Dispatch about the state’s approach to identify more kinship families to address the shortage in foster families as increasing numbers of children enter foster care in the state.

“Research shows kids do better when they are placed with people they know and are connected to, and they do better when they are able to stay in their own community,” said Kristi Burre, director of Fairfield County Child Protective Services. “If kin are suitable and willing to provide care, that should be the route we go.”

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