June 29, 2020
Statement from Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio
Children belong in families and the child welfare system has a duty to provide that for them. We recently heard an account of a child being “housed” at the Cuyahoga County Children’s Services Office for an extended period of time as the county searched for appropriate placement. Let’s be clear – if the child’s birth family was housing them in an office, it would not be seen as acceptable and would likely be seen as grounds for removal. Children need consistency and stability. They need to be able to build connections. They need to know that they are being cared for and taken care of. Read the complete statement here.