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HANCOCK COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Dozens of children in
Hancock County are in need of foster homes, but some children have a harder
time being placed than others.
There are currently 52
children in the custody of Hancock County Job and Family Services. Nearly half
of them were exposed to drugs before they were even born. Now the department is
having trouble finding homes for them.
Social Services Supervisor
Angela Rader says children with special needs are more difficult to care for.
The majority of Hancock County foster parents work, and the extra care a
special needs child requires can be too much for some of them to handle.
"They're usually in the
hospital for a greater amount of time, getting medical care after they're born,"
Rader said. "Not every family is prepared to deal with that."
In addition to this, there
are fewer foster parents this year to care for the children. Normally, there
are a little more than 20, this year, the department is down to 14.