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Do You Have Adequate Funding For The Job?
With the increasing number of kids in the care of Scioto County Children Services. Does the agency have enough money to do the job?
Director Mantell says it’s not a yes or no answer. “I don’t want to say the funding process is unfair. But is it adequate? No. Part of that is because our county is an anomaly as far as the number in custody for a county our size. We are working with elected officials. They have been willing to listen.”
Mantell said the need for foster care in Scioto County and across the state is greater than ever. “There are just more children being removed. There are more families running into issues.”
He said Governor Mike DeWine had allocated many resources to foster care and hoped that trend continued. “We’re hopeful that the future is brighter so we can safely return kids to families. If not, we can find a forever home for those young people in need. It’s a challenge daily. We have a budget to adhere to.”
He said the agency had its highest number of staff members ever but could still use more help. “We do have a levy that’s been around for several years. That’s not up for renewal for about 4 years. Obviously, our goal is to show the community the need for those funds. It’s just for care of children. It’s not for salaries or for our employees.”
Mantell said the agency does accept monetary donations and donations of new clothing. Due to COVID restrictions, they cannot accept used items. “It’s wonderful. People call and ask what we need. They will donate clothing and diapers, baby wipes. We do have some generous folks.” Mantell said many donors don’t want their names mentioned.