There will be even more need to support children in Ohio

With the future of legal abortion here in doubtOhio will have to step up efforts to ensure that children born to unwilling parents receive the support and care they need to thrive.

Anything less than that would be an insult to life itself.

Increased attention has been given to the possible fate of children resulting from unwanted pregnancies and the role the child war sector will play since the Supreme Court ruling quashed Roe v. Wade and Ohio’s six-week abortion ban — popularly known as the Heartbeat Bill — became law.

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Will child protection be outdated?

Some experts predict the Supreme Court’s decision and will further strain the state’s child welfare safety net due to the increased number of unwanted children born and needing to be placed for adoption or foster care. welcome.

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Planned Parenthood sites still offer abortions up to six weeks when no fetal heart tone is detected.

Regardless of the outcome of the abortion provider’s lawsuit, it looks like it will be nearly impossible to fend off any form of abortion ban with Ohio. General assembly controlled against abortion.

What will Ohio do?

If banning abortion is to become the law of the land, it will be even more important for the state to redouble its efforts to support child service agencies, some of which have experienced challenges related to the retention and remuneration of foster parents.

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What will lawmakers do?

What are the people of Ohio going to do?

Are we going to change our attitudes towards children who need parents?

A change in mentality towards children in foster care and those awaiting adoption is long overdue. The game is stacked against way too many kids.

Sixty-seven percent of Americans think every child is adoptable, but only a fraction have seriously considered adopting or fostering a child.

It is according to 2022 United States Adoption Attitudes Survey conducted by Harris Poll for the Dublin Dave Thomas Adoption Foundation.

Most of those who would adopt or adopt prefer children under the age of five. Most believe that older children to have to being in foster care because they are bad seeds.

In a discussion with the Dispatch editorial board about the Harris Poll investigation conducted several weeks before the Supreme Court decision, Dave Thomas Foundation President and CEO Rita Soronen said that attitudes towards foster children, adolescents in particular, are and have been beyond troubling.

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The 2022 survey found that the percentage of those who believed children in foster care were juvenile offenders had risen slightly since 2012.

“This is the story for me, the majority of Americans – 51% of Americans – believe children are in care because they’ve done something wrong, because they’re juvenile delinquents,” he said. she declared. “We blame these children when nothing could be further from the truth. This is where the barrier stands for teenagers – especially teenagers – to get them adopted. For some reason, we have this image of too old, too damaged, too dangerous.”

Dave Thomas Adoption Foundation President & CEO Rita Soronen examines national survey data that shows how attitudes toward foster adoption are changing.  Dave Thomas Adoption Foundation (courtesy)

Based in Columbus and established by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas in 1992, the Dave Thomas Foundation focuses exclusively on foster adoption.

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, the foundation’s child-focused recruitment program, has resulted in more than 1,431 foster adoptions in Ohio since 2012 through a partnership with the state.

According to a five-year study by Washington-Based Child Trendsthe project model is three times more effective in serving seniors includingyoung people, siblings and people with special needs.

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Many of these children would otherwise be on the so-called “emancipation path” out of the foster care system.

Nationally, 20,000 children are out of care each year when they turn 18 or, in some states, 21.

It’s not surprising.

According to the Harris Poll, nearly 60% of those who would not consider adopting a teenager said it would be difficult for the child to fit into their family.

Another 51% said they wouldn’t adopt teenagers because teenagers are already too set in their ways.

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Soronen said adoptive youth pay real consequences for our misinformed thinking.

“We let down 20,000 kids year after year,” she told our board. “What we do know is that children who leave foster care without a family – not because they are bad kids, but because they don’t have the safety net of family – are at intense risk of negative consequences because they can’t be wrong, because they can’t stumble at 18, because they can’t lose their job or break down.”

Soronen said children who age out of foster care have a higher risk of being homeless, undereducated, unemployed and precocious parents.

“It’s not that early parenthood per se is a bad thing, but if you don’t have that safety net, a family around, it becomes problematic,” she said. “Not only is it the right thing to do to ensure a family for every child, but frankly, for communities, for cities, it’s the right thing to do economically, because the cost of aging without taking in charge is considerable – billions of dollars each year for this country.”

It is incumbent upon lawmakers and all of us to ensure that all children born in this state are properly cared for and immunized.

It’s the only way to be truly pro-life.

This article was written by Amelia Robinson, Editor-in-Chief of Dispatch Opinion, on behalf of The Dispatch Editorial Board. Editorials are our Board’s factual assessment of issues important to the communities we serve. These are not the opinions of our reporting staff, who strive to be neutral in their reporting.

Columbus Conversation 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Panelists for the Columbus Conversations discussion "What is the future of abortion in Ohio?" are, clockwise from top left: Kellie Copeland, executive director of Pro-Choice Ohio;  Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life;  Allison Russo, Ohio House Minority Leader (D-Upper Arlington);  Desiree Tims, President and CEO of Innovation Ohio;  Professor Dr. Alison Norris, Co-Principal Investigator of the Ohio Policy Evaluation Network (OPEN) at Ohio State University College of Public Health;  and Jessie Balmert, reporter for the USA TODAY Ohio bureau.

Shipping Notice Editor Amelie Robinson will host “The Dispatch Presents Columbus Conversations: What’s the Future for Abortion in Ohio?” 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5.

This free municipal event will be broadcast live on and on this newspaper’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. The video will remain available for viewing on these platforms after the event.

Panelists include:

Associate Professor Dr. Alison Norris, Co-Principal Investigator of the Ohio Policy Evaluation Network (OPEN) at Ohio State University College of Public Health

Kelly Copeland, executive director of Pro-Choice Ohio

Desiree Tims, President and CEO of Innovation Ohio

Mike Gonidakis, President of Ohio Right to Life

Allison Russo, Minority Leader of Ohio House (D-Upper Arlington)

Jessie Balmert, USA TODAY Ohio Bureau Reporter

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