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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's Child Safety Summits
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine discusses the Child Safety Summits he has been holding across Ohio during a recent summit in Youngstown. DeWine has called for a comprehensive, holistic review of the entire foster care system in this state.
The Summits discuss several issues facing the foster care system, including recent deaths of foster children after being reunified with relatives. Between 2005 and 2009, 160 Ohio children - 85 percent of them under the age of five - died from child abuse and neglect. In the U.S. Senate, DeWine authored language in the 1997 Adoption and Safe Families Act clarifying laws that in issues of family reunification, the best interests of the child always have to come first. This is still the law of the land in all 50 states.