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Kids found living inside Cuyahoga County office building

June 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Kids are living inside of a Cuyahoga County office building. Cuyahoga County's Department of Children and Family Services calls it a

The county said a 14-year-old girl placed in county custody recently walked away after spending several days living in the building. "Typically these are children presenting with a higher level of needs," said McCray. McCray said there is not enough capacity in Ohio's foster care system to handle the county's cases. County numbers reveal 22 children in county custody spent at least 24 hours at DCFS's childcare room in May. That's double the 11 children who spent a day or more at DCFS waiting for placement in January. "I would say it's a crisis situation for not just Cuyahoga County DCFS, but across the state of Ohio," said McCray. She agreed that living in an office building, supervised by staff is not the best place for kids. "Despite all the things we can put into place, this is not a home, this is not a family so it is a last resort when we have exhausted all other means to find a family-like or therapeutic placement for a young person," said McCray. Tracy Najera, executive director of the child advocacy group Children's Defense Fund Ohio, called the situation concerning.

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