Children's Continuum of Care Reform
In response to the statewide crisis in foster care, PCSAO has launched a bold reform plan to reimagine the child protection system to get better outcomes for children and families.
For years, Ohio’s child protection system has struggled with a rising number of children coming into care, in part due to the opioid epidemic. These children present with more complex needs, stay longer in custody, and cost more. A true continuum of care must begin with a commitment that children should be raised in families, not in institutions. Services should start before children are removed from their homes through prevention, diversion, and crisis services. And for those children who are removed and who cannot be placed with kin, high-quality, appropriate foster placements — including treatment foster homes and short-term residential placements — must be available as close to home as possible. Then, after children return home, support must continue to prevent reentry and ensure sustained permanency.
PCSAO Needs Your Help!
- Step 1: Review our reform plan to establish a Children’s Continuum of Care.
- Step 2: Endorse our reform plan and become an organizational supporter of our campaign.
- Step 3: Share our reform plan with colleagues and providers on social media using the hashtag #FosterHope4OHKids.
Updated May 2018