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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.

In May 2019, PCSAO updated the reform plan based on feedback received since its release and to include more recent data and kinship recommendations. Updates are minor and do not affect the overall goals or impact of the plan.

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Endorsing Organizations

The Children’s Continuum of Care Reform was developed by PCSAO“s membership, made up of Ohio’s county children services agencies. We are pleased that the following organizations have also formally endorsed the plan:

Updated July 2019

Continuum of Care Resources

Family First Prevention Services Act Resources