A coalition of county public children services agencies charged with child protection are pushing lawmakers to set aside $70 million in the next two-year budget to help counties serve neglected and abused children.
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Child services in the region
Montgomery County has the highest number of children placed in foster homes, group homes or other types of care, about 8 per 1,000 children.
Clark County has the highest median number of days children are placed in custody at 427.5 days. Miami County has the lowest, with 222. The state average is 274.
Counties where average caseload per worker is higher than state average of 12 ongoing cases: Champaign (15), Clark (14), Preble (16), and Montgomery (15). Counties under the state average: Butler (10), Darke (9), Greene (10), Miami (8), Warren (8).
Median number of days for adoption finalization from 2005 to 2011 decreased the most in Clark County (from 663.5 to 277 days) and increased the most in Miami County (from 140 to 584 days).
About 62 percent of children in custody statewide are placed in licensed foster homes. Seventeen percent are placed with approved relatives and 13 percent are placed in group or residential care.