Opioid Crisis Impeding Reunification for Ohio Families

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Michaela Madison Reporting

(August 8th) Ohio – Children’s Services agencies are noting the opioid crisis as a wall in the journey to reunite children with families.

Paula Davis with Franklin County Children’s Services says a child cannot stay in foster care for longer than 12 out of 22 months, which doesn’t necessarily align with a parent’s treatment for drug addiction.
“A lot of times we are fighting the clock. Because we have to have a permanent plan for these children within that time frame. As more and more parents are fighting this epidemic it’s taking longer to get children home. And think we’re probably going to see an increase in permanent custody or in relative care as a result. “

According to the Ohio News Connection, the average amount of time spent in foster care is about 13 months.

And of the over 24 thousand children who exited foster care in Ohio in 2016, just 48 hundred were reunified with their families and about three thousand went to live with a kinship provider.

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