The initiatives focus on improving the state’s foster care system, expanding existing programs and children services and prioritizing the best interests of children.
“We started our budget conversation by talking about our ‘Investing in Ohio Initiative,’ which will bring renewal and recovery across Ohio,” said Governor DeWine. “We are continuing that conversation today by focusing on investments that will transform – for the better – the lives of vulnerable children throughout Ohio. The foster care system is at the top of my list for improvement.”
While serving as Ohio’s Attorney General, Governor DeWine highlighted the opioid epidemic and one of its largest repercussions: children being robbed of their parents. In many communities, an entire generation of children has experienced trauma from parental substance abuse. As a result of the opioid crisis and related impacts, over 15,000 children are in the custody of county children services agencies today. More than 3,000 children await adoption.