May 27, 2011
Public News Service
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio leads the nation when it comes to keeping children in safe, stable homes, according to a new report. The Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO) releases its Factbook today, a biennial compilation of statewide and county-specific data related to child abuse and neglect.
Factbook project manager and PCSAO Legislative Director Greg Kapcar says, within the state's child protection system, it's good news that fewer children are being placed in foster care.
"We continue to see an intentional decrease in the number of children who are in placement, and Ohio has achieved a steady reduction of children in foster and group care."
Between 2002 and 2010, the data shows Ohio had a 42 percent reduction in the number of children placed in out-of-home care, a better record than any other state. Kapcar notes this has taken a multi-pronged effort that includes flexible funding, support for relatives as caregivers, risk and safety assessment tools, and preventive services to help avoid placing children into foster care. FULL STORY