Foster Care

Newark Police

Bond is set at 500 thousand dollars for a foster father in Newark charged with child endangerment in the death of a 5-year-old boy in his care.

The Public Children Services Association of Ohio says the opioid crisis is overwhelming the foster care system as more children are removed from the homes of addicted parents.

Ohio Public Radio

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is announcing a program to help families hurt by parents' addiction to opioids.

In the last seven years, the number of Ohio kids taken into custody by children services agencies rose by nearly 20 percent.

Child welfare advocates say more children are put into foster care amid the state's opioid crisis, but funding for children services agencies falls short.

Foster-care eligibility in Ohio has been extended to age 21 under a new law intended to provide more support for those youths as they move into adulthood.

Bills pending in the Ohio House and Senate would change the state's foster care system. 

Ohio officials say 12 thousand children are in foster care in the state, and some will not find a family before they age out of the system. 

The second of five public forums around Ohio on the issue of whether to extend foster care for young people from the age of 18 to 21 includes state legislators and community leaders. 

State child welfare officials are launching a one million dollar study to determine whether anti-psychotic drugs are being over-prescribed for kids on Medicaid, especially those in foster care.