Sen. Cafaro pushing bill to help Children Services track kids

Cafaro hosted a round table discussion Tuesday afternoon at Kent State University's Trumbull campus

Cafaro hosted a round table discussion Tuesday afternoon at Kent State University's Trumbull campus, talking about the current draft of Senate Bill 234.

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – State Senator Capri Cafaro is working against the clock. With only 102 days left in office, she is hoping to get legislation passed that would help Children Services keep track of children with cases there after their families move to another county.

Cafaro hosted a round table discussion Tuesday afternoon at Kent State University’s Trumbull campus, talking about the current draft of Senate Bill 234.

The bill seeks to prevent Children Services agencies from losing track of kids when they are moved from one school district to another. The proposal would have the principal of the school or other designee check the child’s name through the Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System for every new child in their district. If the system flags a child’s name, the person would be required to contact the local child services’ office.

Cafaro cited the Teddy Foltz case as an example of one that fell through the cracks. She said Children Services could not track Foltz after his family moved from the area, and he ultimately died as a result of prolonged abuse.

“We’re trying to do everything that we can to raise awareness about the fact that we want to pass a piece of legislation that would enhance the tools available to make sure that kids don’t fall through the cracks,” she said.

Cafaro says the bill wouldn’t cost much, and no extra personnel would be needed.

The Education Committee still has the bill, and there haven’t been any hearings on it yet.

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