DeWine aims to raise awareness of foster care problems

Mike DeWine has been holding a series of meetings across the state to raise awareness about problems in the foster care system.
Mike DeWine has been holding a series of meetings across the state to raise awareness about problems in the foster care system.

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) – Ohio's Attorney General said it is time to take a closer look at the foster care system. Mike DeWine has been holding a series of meetings across the state. He was at the University of Toledo Monday.

DeWine met with a room full of people involved with foster care in the area. Lucas County Children Services has 509 children in their custody and 416 of them are in a paid foster home.

Monday's meeting is one of six across the state. Children services, a judge, and even alumni of the foster care system were in the room.

DeWine said he has noticed a couple of challenges the state is facing. He said the first is when children taken away from their parents are put back in their home and tragically are abused or even killed.

According to DeWine, the state needs to concentrate on getting kids in foster care adopted. He said these meetings have served as a way to bring together the experts to figure out what needs to be changed.

"There are just too many children in Ohio who are just languishing in foster care and never have what every child really deserves, and that is loving parents and a permanent home," said DeWine.

DeWine thinks Lucas County has made a lot of progress in foster care, but he is hoping the meetings will give them more solid objectives to seek.

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