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Taking A Stand: Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Expression

February 12, 2018

Published in collaboration with Family Builders Network| Authors, Michelle Chalmers & Jill Jacobs The Issue Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children and gender non-conforming children are disproportionately represented in foster care. The ability of children to safely develop and express their sexual orientation and gender identity expression (SOGIE) has a significant impact on their safety,…

Permanent, Chosen Family: Lamar’s Story

February 12, 2018

Lamar Graham chose to age out of the foster care system even though he had a supportive foster family willing to adopt him. It was a decision the Franklin County teenager made out of loyalty to his birth family. “I thought adoption was a sell out and that I would lose ties to my biological…

Where Do We Stand? Race & Culture

February 12, 2018

Published in collaboration with Family Builders Network Authors | Addie Ellis, Jill Jacobs and Kim Stevens The Issue Children identified as belonging to certain racial and ethnic groups including, Native American/American Indian/First Nation/Aboriginal, African American/Black, Latino/Hispanic, and New Americans/Immigrants are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system.[1] The disproportionality that occurs is linked to a…

DCFS And Community Partners Selected For Initiative To Help LGTQ Youth In Foster Care

February 12, 2018

CLEVELAND – The Division of Children and Family Services along with key community partners have been selected for a grant from The National Quality Improvement Center to develop programs and best practices that improve the lives of LGBTQ youth in foster care. Children and youth with diverse sexual orientations, gender identifies and expressions have been…

Crime Victims Grant Awarded to Waiting Child Fund

February 12, 2018

Children affected by the opioid crisis have a better chance at living with trusted kinship caregivers thanks to a $1 million grant awarded to Cleveland’s Waiting Child Fund. “This is a tragedy and certainly is an emergency,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine of the state’s need for foster care services. The Victims of Crime…

Eight Ohio Counties Chosen for Innovative Foster Care Pilot Program

February 12, 2018

Families, children and child protection staff in eight Ohio counties can look forward to additional support and resources in 2018 thanks to the innovative 30 Days to Family ® Ohio program, expected to launch early next year. In August, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced $1 million in funding for foster care family recruitment and…

Carrie Decker Brings A Foster Mother’s Perspective To Waiting Child Fund Board

February 5, 2018

Three of Carrie Decker’s five kids, who joined the family through adoption in 2014, need an extended network of support. This includes a team of doctors and therapists helping the siblings cope with the emotional and behavioral aftermath of five years in foster care. “I know firsthand what kind of trauma being removed from your…