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2012 Child Safety Summit Report

2012 Child Safety Summit Report

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Published by Mike DeWine
Report of findings following a series of child safety summits held across the state by Attorney General DeWine in 2012 regarding the child welfare system in Ohio.
Report of findings following a series of child safety summits held across the state by Attorney General DeWine in 2012 regarding the child welfare system in Ohio.

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Published by: Mike DeWine on Feb 05, 2013
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December 10, 2012Dear Ohioans,When I started my career as Greene County Prosecuting Attorney, some of the most difficultand heartbreaking cases I handled were those that involved kids who were abused andneglected. These children, who were often harmed by those who were supposed to lovethem most, left a life-changing impression on me.I carried the memory of these vulnerable children with me when I went to the U.S. Senate,where I wrote legislation designed to ensure that the safety of the child is always the mostimportant consideration when determining whether an abused or neglected child should bereunified with his or her biological parents. My language was included in the Adoption andSafe Families Act of 1997, which was signed into law to keep children safe and reduce thenumber of children lingering in foster care without a permanent home.To get a better understanding of some of the issues affecting the child welfare system inOhio, I held a series of child safety summits across the state to listen to foster parents, juvenile judges, foster youth, and others in the child welfare system to see how we couldbetter serve abused and neglected children. These sessions were open to the public, andincluded compelling testimony from concerned citizens. The following document is areporting of information gathered during the summits. It contains some of the major issuesthat stood out in our discussions, as well as recommendations made during the summits,themselves.Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our children. As part of the nextsteps of our review of the child welfare system, I have assembled a group of child welfareexperts to form a Foster Care Advisory Group. The goal of this group is to come up with boldnew ideas to address the issues uncovered in this report and beyond. Now is the time forinnovative changes to ensure that every child has a safe, loving, and permanent home.Every child deserves nothing less.Very respectfully yours,Mike DeWineOhio Attorney General
 
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Executive Summary…………………………………………...………………………………………………………….…2Introduction…….…………………………………………………..…………………………….…………………………….3Foster Parent Participation………………………………..……………………………….…………………….………5Guardian ad Litem Noncompliance with Rule 48…………………………….……………………………..….6Mentoring for Foster Youth…………………………………………………………………………….………..……….8Normalizing the Experience for Youth in Foster Care.……………………………………………………..….9Accountability and Funding in the System…………………………………………………………………….…10Planned Permanent Living Arrangements………………………………………………………………….……11Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….13Child Safety Summit Map……………………….………………………………………………………………………17

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