December 21, 2017
A tsunami of opioid-affected children is flooding Ohio’s children services agencies, exploding county budgets and overwhelming available foster care resources. According to a report released today by Public Children Services Association of Ohio, a thousand more Ohio kids will be spending the holidays in foster care this year, compared to 2016, instead of at home with their family.
November 15, 2017
The opioid epidemic has raised familiar questions from policy makers and the media about Ohio practices for removing children from and reunifying them with birth parents. In response, PCSAO has published a new white paper, Best Interests for Abused and Neglected Children: Working Toward Reunification During the Opioid Crisis.
November 08, 2017
Voters in Vinton County passed that county’s first levy protecting children yesterday, becoming the 48th county in Ohio with a dedicated levy for children services; Vinton’s levy includes senior services as well.
November 01, 2017
This month, agencies and advocates across the country will celebrate National Adoption Month. Programs, events and activities will help raise awareness of the thousands of foster children waiting for a forever family across America.
October 04, 2017
For the past 10 years, Thanksgiving has been a time for Ohio foster care youth, alumni and allies/adult supporters to gather and share their voices, insights, talents, abilities and goals for the future.
August 24, 2017
At a news conference today, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a statewide call to action, encouraging everyday Ohioans to become foster parents.
July 03, 2017
In one of the most challenging and dismal budget years in memory, where the Ohio legislature was forced to make significant cuts totaling more than $1 billion in state spending after the budget was introduced, legislative champions maintained the course for investing in Ohio’s children, the innocent victims of this opioid epidemic.
May 09, 2017
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.
April 18, 2017
Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that four additional counties — Adams, Brown, Lawrence and Scioto — will join 14 counties funded to pilot an evidence-informed child protection response to the opioid epidemic originally announced March 22.
March 22, 2017
At a press conference today, Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a $3.5 million grant to PCSAO to help children services agencies in 14 southern Ohio counties combat the opioid epidemic.