COLUMBUS – Ohio’s foster care and adoption website now includes profiles of children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced.
The profiles include children’s first names and ages, as well as hobbies, strengths and activities that reflect their personality and interests.
“Ohio has more than 16,000 children in foster care, and more than 3,000 of them are awaiting safe, loving and permanent homes,” said ODJFS Director Kimberly Hall. “All children need and deserve forever families, and we hope this addition to our website will help achieve that for more of them.”
Most children in foster care return to their birth parents or another relative or family friend within a year, but sometimes it takes longer.
When a court determines that returning home or to a relative is not in the child’s best interest, then the court may terminate parental rights, and the children services agency will move forward with finding a permanent home for the child.