November is National Adoption Month and there are more than 2,500 children living in the Ohio foster care system.
With Christmas right around the corner, the Department of Job and Family Services held their annual staff luncheon Thursday in Belmont County.
Staff members reviewed cases and updated the status of many children still living in foster care.
Unfortunately, the number is skyrocketing, and one man believes there is a correlation to abuse-related incidents.
“The 12 that we have permanent custody of, the majority of those 12 is due to substance abuse,” said Vince Gianangeli, Job and Family Services Director. “There are some also due to physical or sexual abuse.”
The ages of the children in foster care range from three to 16.
If you are interested in adopting or fostering, call the Department of Job and Family Services.