On Wednesday morning, when Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine spoke to members of the media in Scioto County, aside from the opioid epidemic, another important topic of discussion was the Foster Care crisis in Scioto County.
“We have kids who are born addicted, we see that here in Portsmouth. We have seen the ramifications, some have developmental problems, some done. We’ve seen the foster care in Scioto County more than double, which is staggering,” said DeWine.
The Chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners Bryan Davis also feels strongly about the desperate need for additional Foster Care providers.
“Our children’s services budget is very strained,” Davis said. “Expenses have increased with the dramatic increased of children in foster care and protective services, mainly because of the opioid epidemic. Many of these children require immediate care, as many of them live in really terrible conditions. We have children who have been orphaned because of the crisis, we have children whose parents are in jail or prison. We have children whose direct relatives such as grandparents are unable to care for them because they too are addicted.
“Unfortunately, due to lack of qualified foster parents, many of these children are sent out of county for care. The need for foster parents is great. These children need love and compassion shown to them. People can qualify as foster parents if they have the love and compassion needed to perform these duties, and can begin the process of becoming foster parents with a simple phone call. There are people working hard every day to help these children. We have several great foster parents now in our county, but we need more.”
Davis is a foster parent and understands the responsibilities.
“I wouldn’t ask someone to do something I’m not doing myself,” Davis said. “We have two children in our home. As my wife and I always say, ‘the battle is worth the blessing.’ However, we are researching alternatives and other possibilities to take care of these children.”
Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932