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The Journey of Families Through the Child Welfare System

Trying to navigate through Ohio’s child welfare system can be daunting. Here is a chart that shows the typical steps involved in cases of suspected abuse or neglect.

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Overview of Ohio’s Child Welfare System

Ohio's System Ohio has a state-supervised, county-administered child welfare system. This means that the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ Office of Families and Children oversees programs a


ODFJS eManuals Mike DeWine, Governor Kimberly Hall, Director, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Ohio Administrative Rules (OAR) 5101:2 Division of Social Services – Includes: CHAPTER 5101:2-7

The Goals of Visitation

Research tells us that visitation is a critical component of a successful reunification. Typically, the agency will determine the frequency, length, location and transportation responsibility for the


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