example event title



Ohio’s Opioid Epidemic and Need For Foster Parents

“There is a growing chasm between the number of available foster families and the increasing number of children who enter the child welfare system because one or both of their parents are drug addicts…Today I want to issue a call to Ohioans who may be interested in being a foster parent. I ask them to make that leap and open their home to a kid or kids who could use a stable, loving home.”

–Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine

On August 24th 2017, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine held a press conference to talk about the growing need for foster families in Ohio and new initiatives aimed at attracting individuals to become licensed foster parents.  Ohio has been one of the hardest hit by the recent Opioid epidemic; having the nation’s highest rate of deadly heroin overdoses and the child welfare system is feeling it. According to Franklin County Children Services, there are 3,000 more children in the child welfare system than there were seven years ago when the opioid crisis began. Currently in Ohio there are more than 15,000 kids in the child welfare system, but only 7,200 foster families taking them in.  Families are needed for all age children and they are needed now!

New initiatives have been put into place in hopes more Ohioans will open their homes. These include:

1.)A new foster home recruitment website . This website includes information on the requirements for becoming foster parents and a directory of private foster care agencies in Ohio where individuals can become licensed.

2.)A 1 million dollar grant that was awarded to the Waiting Children Fund to implement kinship family and foster family recruitment in ten Ohio counties.

3.)Required BCII background checks being expedited to a 24 hour turnaround time for foster parent applicants.

 

Are you able to meet Ohio’s growing need and take a child or children into your home? If you are interested in becoming a foster parent you can contact us at: kbanks@umchohio.org or 614-559-2800.

Want to learn more? Listen to the press conference in full here.

 

Why I Foster

May is National Foster Care Month. To celebrate this month, we have asked some of our amazing Foster Parents why they chose to provide foster care. Here are their responses:

” We had more love to share and wanted to have more kids in our home so we made the decision to become a foster family. It has been a challenging and rewarding experience so far and we are enjoying working as a team to love and care for our foster children.” – Joe and Alicia Manning, Foster Parents for 1.5 years

FullSizeRender

“We have extra love to share and want to be a safe and supportive environment for kids to land for a short or long time.”  -Josh and Lindsay Meyer, Foster Parents for 1 month

DSC_0022

” We seek to bring boys into a loving, encouraging, positive home where they will be loved, challenged and guided to prepare for a positive life ahead of them. God directs our steps as we take care of his own.” -Charlie and Delois Yates, Foster Parents for 14 years.

DSC_0006

“We foster to help children. We have a lot of love to give! Our overall goal is to adopt and add to our family, but until those placements come to our home, we are going to bless as many kids as we can.” -Terry and Bonnie Madden, Foster Parents for 1 year

DSC_0021

“We foster because we love kids! We want to help hurting kids by providing them love and stability. We also want to help them by showing the love of Christ. We also would like to expand our family.” -Jeff and Dianna Lambert, Foster Parents for 3.5 years

DSC_0004

” I foster to be a helping hand and to provide a safe home for children. I consider myself a modern day Harriet Tubman. I make a commitment to keep the children until they can go back home or to an adoptive home. There were many people that help and guided me along the way when my mother died when I was 5 years old. I now try to be a blessing to someone else.” – Patricia Robinson, Foster Parent for 19 years

DSC_0001

” We love children and being able to share our home and lives with them. So many children are in need and this is a way we can be involved. It has been a journey, some ups and some downs, but always worth it!” -Dale and Lori Van Valkenburg, Foster Parents for 3 years

DSC_0020

” We have been so blessed by our own families that we want to give that love to other kids in the world. We want to give to the community in which we live and this is a great need in our community. We are loved so we seek to love in return. God told us to love those in need and we have a responsibility to use what has been given to us to meet those needs.” – Matt and Krista Creeger, Foster Parents for 3 months

DSC_0019

“We foster to help kids that often come from a world of experiences that are difficult to comprehend. We foster to give kids the chance to heal, grow and move forward towards their dreams.” -Dan and Mary Headapohl, Foster Parents for 9 years

DSC_0068

We appreciate our foster families sharing with us why they chose to foster and hope that many of you will choose to foster too! There is a large need for foster homes in our community, especially for older children and sibling groups. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please call 614-559-2800 or email kbanks@umchohio.org.

Please feel free to comment below and share on your social media pages why you have chosen to foster as well! Use the hashtag: #WhyIFoster.