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Ohio To Use New Technology To Get More Adoptable Kids In Forever Homes

Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director Damschroder, and persons impacted by adoption speak at a press conference.
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Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director Damschroder announce Ohio as the first state to implement two technology tools that help kids in foster care find their forever families at a press conference on November 30, 2021.

Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director Matt Damschroder Tuesday announced that Ohio is the first state to implement two technology tools from Connect Our Kids.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, who himself was adopted at a young age, said this new technology will help caseworkers find people who might be willing to adopt a child.

Husted said the technology provides a tool that uses public information from more than 300 sources. Court-appointed special advocates and other caregivers will also have access to information. Husted also said it will save children's services professionals time and money.

“It includes comprehensive reporting with features such as contact information with current and past addresses and phone numbers and all known associated relatives and neighbors,” said Husted. “Gone are the days of them having to map out family trees and contact information on their own. This technology does it for them, and then makes it widely available to other professionals.”

There are 16,000 kids in foster care in Ohio and around 3,100 who are awaiting adoption now. Ohio will become the first state in the country to use the new mapping tool technology to help place adoptable kids in forever homes.

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