Why 1,000 more Ohio kids were in foster care last year

WCPOPublished: December 23, 2017
Published: December 23, 2017

One thousand more Ohio children will be spending their holidays in foster care this year compared to 2016 as the opioid crisis continues to take an unprecedented toll on families, according to a report released Thursday. More than 15,500 children are in the custody of Ohio's children service agencies, a 23 percent increase over 2016, according to the latest data from the Public Children Protective Services Association of Ohio, a Columbus-based nonprofit. Fueling the spike is a record number of children being removed from homes of drug-addicted parents.

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