PCSAO Factbook 2017 now available
The 13th edition of PCSAO’s biennial Factbook is now available, just as the Ohio Senate Finance Committee considers the House’s new investment of $15 million per year in child protection.
According to PCSAO Executive Director Angela Sausser, the Factbook’s trend data reflect a system in crisis due in large part to Ohio’s opioid epidemic. “Nowhere else can you find county-by-county data demonstrating the debilitating impact of addiction and other factors on the child protection system,” she said. “Compounding the crisis is the state’s share in children services funding, which suffered a 21 percent decrease in 2009 and has remained flat-funded at around $45 million per year since then. Previous attempts at increasing the state’s funding for children services resulted in competitive grants and one-time funding.”
In particular, Sausser pointed to:
- 11 percent increase in children in custody since 2010;
- 62 percent increase in children in custody placed with kin since 2010;
- 19 percent increase in median days children spend in care since 2010; and
- 17 percent increase in placement costs since 2013.
“County agencies are spending $55.6 million more in placement costs alone, and the cost of caseworker turnover is estimated at more than $24 million per year,” Sausser said. “We are grateful to the House for increasing the State Child Protection Allocation by $15 million per year, and we encourage the Senate to maintain or increase that investment. It is time for the state to invest in its children, families, and the system that protects the most vulnerable population, children services.”
Copies of the 208-page publication may be ordered online for $15.