Since 2004, the Supreme Court of Ohio's Advisory Committee on Children, Families, and the Courts has participated in ongoing efforts to develop and implement recommendations to improve Ohio's system for accepting and investigating reports of child abuse and neglect. One of the fundamental components of the recommendations submitted by its Subcommittee on Responding to Child Abuse, Neglect and Dependency was initiating an Alternative Response child protection model in Ohio.
The Ohio Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Collaborative (Collaborative) has an ambitious but achievable mission: to reduce the number of foster care placements for children exposed to batterers by developing shared language, policies, and practices in a network of community partners. True to its name, the Collaborative partners with local, state, and national practitioners and policymakers to advocate for best practices.
Over the past fifteen years, an increase in child removals, coupled with a decrease in the number of available foster homes and a growing appreciation for relatives as caregivers, resulted in a significant increase in the number of children being cared for by kin. In addition, federal policy has shifted from an emphasis on non-relative foster care providers to a preference for relative placements. In Ohio, as in many states, law and policy have not kept pace with the huge increase in the number of children being raised by kinship caregivers.
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