Advisory council seeks recommendations for strengthening foster care, children services

BATAVIA, OH (Nov. 12, 2019) – Take advantage of a new opportunity to give your thoughts about improving Ohio’s foster care and children services system in an upcoming public forum or online. A Southwest Region forum will take place 6-8 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Lebanon Conference and Banquet Center in Lebanon.

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On Nov. 4, Gov. Mike DeWine announced formation of the Children Services Transformation Advisory Council aimed at reviewing Ohio’s foster care system and developing recommendations for improving the experiences of children and families. The advisory council was created to build on the historic investments included in the State Operating Budget providing more opportunities for families and children.

“I encourage everyone to participate,” said Timothy Dick, director of Clermont County Job and Family Services. “This is a chance to make yourself heard about foster care and the child protection system.”

The council includes 17 people ranging from government officials to former foster children and current foster and adoptive families. Leadership from numerous organizations and state agencies are serving as subject matter experts.

Council members are tasked with evaluating and recommending needed foster care reforms, strengthening children services practices and system improvements that prioritize the safety, permanency and well-being of Ohio’s children and families. They will meet monthly and issue their recommendation no later than April.