COVID-19 impacts youth in Ohio’s foster care system

Posted on April 15, 2020

This story was originally produced by WSYX/WTTE ABC6 in Columbus. As the world continues to feel the impacts of COVID-19, a population that could be forgotten in this pandemic is foster children. More than 16,000 children are currently in Ohio’s foster care system, and there are growing concerns tha

Run, CJ! Run!

Posted on August 23, 2019

By Dee Marks Dee Marks adopted her son, CJ, through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program in Ohio. My son, CJ, has always been a runner. Sadly, running used to be CJ’s way to escape. He spent almost seven years in foster care. That can be a traumatic experience for

Somebody’s Got to Be Their Voice

Posted on November 6, 2018

Michelle and Don Beauchene, of Ohio, got married in 2011. Each had four older children from previous marriages. Then, the couple decided to adopt siblings, Lily and Lucy, from foster care. Don and Michelle soon discovered that Lily and Lucy had two more siblings, Jaime and Jeremiah, who had been liv

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