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30 Days to Family looks to keep children out of foster care

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Allen County Children Services is one of eight public children service agencies in Ohio, selected to participate in the 30 Days to Family program. Allen County Children Services is one of eight public children service agencies in Ohio, selected to participate in the 30 Days to Family program.
Its two main goals are to locate and find at least 80 relatives per case and to ensure a support system is in place for the child. Its two main goals are to locate and find at least 80 relatives per case and to ensure a support system is in place for the child.

Family Specialist Natalie Reynolds joined the Kiwanis Club of Lima on Tuesday, speaking about a new program "30 Days to Family".

Allen County Children Services is one of eight public children service agencies in Ohio, selected to participate in the 30 Days to Family program. Its two main goals are to locate and find at least 80 relatives per case and to ensure a support system is in place for the child.

"When a kid comes into care they go into a referral process then the case is given to me and then I look for families through different ways and I see if they can be placed with that family because family is always better than foster care," explained Reynolds.

The program was announced by Attorney General Mike DeWine, as part of a $1 million dollar fund for foster care support, for Ohio counties that have been heavily affected by the opioid epidemic. 

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