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Lucas County Children Services Applauds Governor’s Unprecedented Investments in Child Protection
Children services funding to nearly double

Before an audience of county children services agency leaders, including Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) executive director Robin Reese, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced an unprecedented 95 percent increase in the state’s investment in protecting abused and neglected children. That $74 million announcement, along with related spending proposals, makes good on a campaign promise that Ohio should not be last in the nation when it comes to the state’s responsibility for funding such a critical program.

Gov. Mike Dewine and LCCS Executive Director Robin Reese

“This proposed investment is very needed in Lucas County. While the number of child abuse reports declined slightly between 2017 and 2018, the number of substantiated abuse victims jumped 16 percent. The number of calls involving suspected abuse or neglect that were confirmed rose five percent in that same period, because the referrals we investigated involved more serious situations,” Reese said.

“Governor DeWine is standing up for the vulnerable children and families of Lucas County,” Reese added. “This investment will help us address the crisis in our children services system by providing funding to offset rising placement costs, serving families struggling with addiction and mental illness, preventing children from coming into foster care, and providing more suitable placements for children who do have to come into custody.”

In addition to increasing the State Child Protection Allocation by $30 million per year, up from $60 million, to give struggling county agencies the ability to pay the rising costs of serving children, Governor DeWine announced:

  *   $25 million for multi-system youth, to prevent parents from having to relinquish custody of children with developmental disabilities or severe mental illness so that they can get the treatment they need;
  *   $8.5 million to support struggling grandparents and other kin care providers who unexpectedly find themselves caring for children, and to invest in recruiting much-needed foster parents;
  *   $5.5 million to expand the Bridges program for youth who emancipate from our system without achieving permanency;
  *   $4.5 million to expand evidence-based programs like Ohio START, a wrap-around sobriety and trauma treatment program being piloted in several counties; and 30 Days to Family to prevent children from coming into foster care; and
  *   $2.6 million to help our caseworkers be more efficient and productive in the field.

“The Governor is saving a system in crisis and making wise investments,” Reese said. “These programs will alleviate the pressure on our county agency budget, which has struggled to pay rising costs. But more importantly, he is saving children and families by improving their chance for a better future.”

LCCS is a longstanding member of Public Children Services Association of Ohio, which is working with county agencies across the state and other stakeholders to support the Governor’s proposals. “The Governor’s leadership, with the support of his administration, will afford Ohio’s vulnerable children and families the quality services that will strengthen our state across the board,” Angela Sausser, executive director of the PCSAO said, adding, “As an association, we stand ready to work with our local legislators on the Governor’s proposals.”

About Lucas County Children Services
The mission of Lucas County Children Services is to lead the community in the protection of children at risk of abuse and neglect.  This is accomplished by working with families, service providers and community members to assess risk and coordinate community-based services resulting in safe, stable and permanent families for children.




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Revised: 03/14/19 23:29:57 -0400.

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