4/22/16 – 5:01 A.M.
Plans to create a special court to work with families dealing with addiction issues are moving forward in Hancock County. The Courier reports Probate and Juvenile Court Judge Kristen Johnson asked the county commissioners to help pay for a coordinator of a Family Dependency Treatment Court Thursday. The position would be responsible for coordinating treatment for addicts and ensuring the entire family is getting help.
Johnson told the commissioners family treatment courts have a positive effect in child welfare cases. She added 30percent more children able to remain in their homes when involved in a family court.
A grant from the Ohio Supreme Court for $130,000 over four years will help pay for the position. The commissioners agreed to provide county benefits.
Johnson said addiction is a growing issue for families in the county. In 2015, the number of children removed from a parent’s home for drug issues was greater than removals due to neglect, physical abuse, and sexual abuse combined. That’s the first time that’s ever happened.
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