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Growing Need for Foster Families

  At any given time, there is an average of 850 abused and neglected children, from newborns to age 17, in Hamilton County custody. The need for qualified foster families to care for these children is constant.  And between 1,000 and 1,300 Ohio foster youths age out of the system each year when they turn 18, agencies are trying to change that. Joining us to discuss foster care are Hamilton County Jobs and Family ServicesDirector Moira Weir, Jami Clarke, director of LighthouseFoster Care & Adoption, and Renee Winbush, who is a Lighthouse foster parent.

Maryanne Zeleznik is responsible for all news and public affairs programming at WVXU. She also hosts Morning Edition Monday through Friday.