Written By: Ishton W. Morton – November 7th, 2019
November 5th, 2019 Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed an executive order which will establish an advisory council that has given the responsibilities come up with suggestions on how to provide for better working system for foster-care families.
Also, Ohio Lieutenant Governor Husted has spent much of his formative life in Ohio’s foster care system.
This issue is an enormously personal for his administration: Lt. Gov. Jon Husted spent some time in Ohio’s foster care system.
Husted had this to say, “I started out my life in foster care and was blessed to be adopted by wonderful parents who gave me a great, loving environment to grow up in.”
Moreover, Governor Mike DeWine added many foster care kids are not as lucky, especially now that the opioid crisis has increased the caseload significantly. He has signed an executive order to create a panel that will hold seven meetings throughout the state before the end of this year and make recommendations for overhauling Ohio’s foster care system.
The present state of the Ohio’s foster-care system is extremely traumatic for both foster parents and the children who are caught in this system. At times it seems that all the system wants is a foster-house of a foster-room, because very little support are being provided for the foster-parents.
Ironically, present laws seems to misrepresenting the overall purpose and objectives of foster-parenting. This could very-well be a step in the right direction. However, laws must be changed!
Reportedly, DeWine has put foster care leaders, parents and alums of the system on the panel, which will hold forums to hear about problems and possible solutions. DeWine referenced Julianna Barton a former foster-child who was an abused child in the system and proclaimed that the foster care system was extremely unforgiving and unwelcoming and subsequently no better than her home. Accordingly, she aged-out of the system and eventually dropped out of high school during her senior year.
Reportedly Barton had this to say; “I was scared, that I wasn’t ready. I didn’t even know how to do simple things like balance a checkbook or learn how to drive a car.”
Nonetheless, Barton persevered and now she is a student at Columbus State Community College and looks forward to being on the panel.
Sources have said, this new advisory council will hold seven meetings throughout the state before the end of this year.