Ohio Advocacy Group Finds Child Abuse Cases Up

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio children's advocacy group says it's seeing evidence that a faltering economy has brought an increase in child neglect and abuse.

A statewide survey released Wednesday by the Public Children Services Association of Ohio found that reports of abuse and neglect topped 100,000 in 2007, up 14 percent from 2005.

Association spokesman Greg Kapcar says more recent numbers would probably show an even sharper increase, since Ohio's unemployment rate has risen to its current 9.4 percent from 5.6 percent in 2007.

The group is urging lawmakers to restore $62 million in federal welfare money to the state's two-year budget to help local children service agencies respond to increasing demand.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by not alone Location: oh on Apr 2, 2009 at 05:26 PM
    I too had to choose one and give up two, not because of red tape but because the system in wv just doesnt seem to care to check out the famillies background where the kids are. The family went to court and the only truth told was their daughter had drug problems, yes they left the kids in the home with the mother knowing she od on drugs and even more charges before and after and the guardian atlien didnt take the time to check the backgrounds of this family and even told the court this where if they would of checked the records they would have seen the family lied in court. Every member in the household had od on drugs or tryed to commit sucide and you place kids in this kind of life. You tell me how cps protects the children, these guardians need to take courses or need to have a family of their own. Someone needs to take control and make sure this dept. is run right no wonder its doing so bad
  • by Bonnie Location: Parkersburg on Apr 2, 2009 at 02:14 PM
    You are correct, guardian ad litems are jokes. My grandson was physically abused in the home where he was placed. It was all covered up. No investigation what so ever. They take these children from biological families and place them in unsafe environments and then when the child is really abused, they turn the other way. They place him back in this same home after the abuse. Does anyone see my point? Where do you go to try and get help? There is no where to go because no one wants to hear it, and you wonder why so many children are truely abused while in states custody. Someone somewhere needs to do something. I am glad you have faith in Ohios protective services but I have no faith in no child protective services. I know from experience. You can not trust them.
  • by concerned Location: ohio on Apr 2, 2009 at 12:49 PM
    Ohio does a good job to se that kids are protected and ihave had my doubts about wva. I adopted my first grandson at birth now 10 years ago in Ohio, the mother has since had 3 other children whom she signed to her parents because she has a drug and alchol problem that keeps landing her in jail and hospitals. Her parents had their children removed in ohio for abused and now her now here are her parents with custody of their grandchildren. How do you go from state to another and do this and nothing being checked. Not to mention 3 of their own children od on drugs during ten years and the woman playing grandmother has a drug and alchol problem let alone trying to take her own life. Somehow moving states they found some one in wv to believe their stories and no complete checks were done because that is private. This is why children are put in danger and too many times abused and neglected,someone does not do what the law aquires.Who is to blame,guardian atliems i think thy are called.
  • by Bonnie Arnold Location: Parkersburg on Apr 2, 2009 at 06:35 AM
    I do not know about Ohio but here in WV, children can and will be taken for almost any reason. Children can be taken by the state if they believe that somewhere down the road, they may be abused/neglected. Very little evidence is needed to prove abuse. I know this for a fact. There are more children harmed by the very agency that is suppose to protect them than from their parents. Wtap may not print this but the truth needs to be told because Americas children are in danger. I have custody of my granddaughter but unfortunately her brother was not so lucky. I tried to get him to so he would not end up in foster care but there were obstacles and red tape that I could not get through and if I continued trying I stood a good chance of losing her to, so I had to give up one to save the other.
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