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Nearly 2300 Children in Cuyahoga County Custody

5/2/2018  

Foster child leaning up against treeIncreased need for foster parents during National Foster Care Month


Media Contact:

Deonna Kirkpatrick
216-432-3342
deonna.kirkpatrick@jfs.ohio.gov  

CLEVELAND - In Cuyahoga County there are nearly 2,300 children in county custody, placed in foster care, kinship care, or some other living arrangement. Since 2013 the number of children in the custody of Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services has increased more than 40 percent. This is the highest number of children in county care since 2011. 

The Division of Children and Family Services is looking for loving, committed adults to serve as foster parents for these children who need a safe and supportive home. 

“We need relatives, friends, neighbors, community members, and foster parents to be part of our team,” said Cynthia Weiskittlel, Director of the Division of Children and Family Services.  “Our children often come from difficult circumstances or traumatic events.  They need us to work together to help them heal, feel safe, and feel loved.” 

Foster parents play a vital role in a child’s life. They also partner with birth parents who want to be reunited with their child.   DCFS especially needs foster parents for: 
  • Infants – preschoolers
  • Teenagers
  • Sibling groups
  • Youth who identify as LGBTQ  

In order to become a foster parent you have to go through training, background checks, and a home study before being approved. The effort is worth it to help a child who needs a safe and supportive environment to call home. 

A new round of foster parent training classes is set to begin May 15th. Anyone interested in becoming a foster parent can call (216) 881-5775 or visit our website for more information.