Norma Blank


Ohio law mandates that each of its eighty-eight counties has a county department of welfare or a county children services board with powers and duties to provide appropriate care, protection or services to children whose situations warrant such intervention. This mandate is a reflection of society's recognition that where there is parental incapacity to provide a safe and healthful home environment for the children, the state has an obligation to intervene in the children's behalf. For some families this ultimately results in the termination of parental rights and the permanent placement of the children outside the parental home.