WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Many children in Ohio are in need of a loving home. And the need for foster parents is critical.
Currently, there about 4,000 children waiting to be adopted. Some have been waiting for years, but there are not enough families to place all the children. The result is that children are spending more time in the custody of child service agencies.
According to Cheryl Tarantino, executive director of Northeast Ohio Adoption Services in Warren, the current drug epidemic has pushed more children into the foster care system.
Northeast Ohio Adoption Services is holding an open house on Tuesday to help raise awareness about the need for foster parents and to encourage people to sign up.
“Those folks are so important because they help normalize a family experience, and they help for the opportunity for the children to go back with their birth family,” Tarantino said. “These kids are in these circumstances through no fault of their own. They didn’t choose this path, and I think it is up to us, especially as Americans, to take care of our own. And they understand that these kids are all our problems and they deserve so much better than the path they didn’t dictate.”
Tuesday’s open house will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Northeast Ohio Adoption Services office, 5000 East Market St., Warren.
Information will be available on children waiting to be placed, financial support that is available for their care, and requirements to be become a foster parent.
Information is also available online at noas.com.