The Office of Children Services Transformation was created by executive order and reports directly to ODJFS Director, Kimberly Hall. This team’s charge is to intentionally focus on Children Services reform opportunities. Priorities include:
- Conduct a top down review of Ohio’s strengths and needs of service delivery for children and families involved with the children services system;
- Lead efforts to strengthen state and county relationships;
- Increase cross-system collaborative teaming opportunities; and
- Promote accountability utilizing data measures that prioritize the reduction of (1) children in custody (2) children in foster care (3) children in congregate care (4) children aging out without permanency.
Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, loving home, whether that is with a biological, kinship, foster, or adoptive family. Unfortunately, on any given day in Ohio, more than 16,000 children are in the custody of a children services agency, with most of them living in foster homes and residential treatment facilities. This is a 30% increase since 2011. In any given year, almost 10 percent of child victims experience at least one repeat incident of child maltreatment in Ohio within a 12-month period. As a state, it is crucial that we do better for Ohio’s most vulnerable children.
In November 2019, Governor DeWine convened the Children Services Transformation Advisory Council and tasked them with developing recommendations to reform Ohio's children services system. To accomplish this, the Council held a series of 10 regional forums, where they heard from hundreds of Ohioans on their experiences with the children services system. If you would like to read the council's initial findings, please click the "Launch" button on the right-hand side of this page.