DeWine seeks budget money for 'more compassionate' foster care, adoption services for children
Calling for a "more compassionate and more child-centered" foster care and adoption system, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine outlined his request for another large increase in state spending to improve children services on Friday. Ohio must increase the number of foster families to take in children while always striving to have children's safety and needs at the top of its priority list, DeWine said. Amid the opioid explosion and addiction, the state has about 15,000 children in the children services system, and 3,000 awaiting adoption, but only 8,000 licensed foster families, said the governor, who also is seeking a "bill of rights" for foster children and parents to outline what they can, and should, expect. "They are waiting for us," DeWine said of the children. "Our goal is to change the children services system in the state of Ohio and change it and get it right."
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