As a result of feedback from foster youth from around Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine’s Children Services Transformation Advisory Council made 37 recommendations to reform Ohio’s children services system.
These recommendations were announced in November 2020. On May 31, 2022, the Youth and Family Ombudsmen Office was operational and ready to receive, review, and investigate complaints and make referrals for families and youth.
Another recommendation was the creation of Bills of Rights for foster youth and for resource families. These rights are spelled out in Ohio Administrative Code rules 5101:2-5-35 and 5101:2-42-20. The Youth and Family Ombudsmen’s Office was created to help make sure these rights are upheld.
Foster Youth Bill of Rights
Resource Family Bill of Rights