The governor signed an executive order creating a new council to review and improve the state's system.

Does your family have experience with Ohio’s foster care system? If so, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and state employees want to hear from you.

Using an executive order, DeWine created the Children Services Transformation Advisory Council—an entity charged with reviewing the state’s foster care system. The council is expected to make recommendations for needed reforms in order to increase the likelihood of children finding permanent, loving homes.

About 16,000 Ohio children are in foster care, in part due to the opioid crisis, which has impacted many parents and caregivers.

Seven forums are being held around the state through Dec. 19. A Central Ohio forum took place Nov. 21 in Pataskala, but the state also is accepting written testimony. 

For the schedule and more information on the initiative, go to the governor’s announcement.

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