State Sen. Sean O’Brien, 32nd District, Bazetta, Ohio, discusses the issues of Lake Erie algae blooms, the opioid crisis, school funding, cost of school resource officers, the Ashtabula County Juvenile Court and the need for foster homes in Ashtabula County.
Danette Palmer, BSBA, Marketing & Development Manager, Homes For Kids, discusses the need for foster parents and homes in Ashtabula County.
Please click on the image below to watch the interview with State Sen. Sean O’Brien followed by an interview with Danette Palmer, BSBA, Marketing and Development Manager, Homes For Kids Inc.
Sen. O’Brien (D-Bazetta) is serving his first term in the Ohio Senate, representing the 32nd District which encompasses Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties and portions of Geauga County. He previously served three terms in the Ohio House of Representatives beginning in 2010.
Sen. O’Brien has built his professional career around helping to improve the quality of life for those in his home county. Prior to serving in the General Assembly, he was an assistant Trumbull County prosecutor, a position he held for over twelve years. In this position Sen. O’Brien was the Chief Criminal Prosecutor for Eastern and Central District Courts, a member of the Domestic Violence and O.V.I. Task Forces, and prosecuted over 100 domestic violence cases.
Also a community leader and activist, he founded the Trumbull County Community Foundation, which gave out more than $50,000 to local charities in its first year, and has served as its past president. The efforts of this foundation have raised thousands of dollars for seniors, children, and those in need, as well as funding for economic development.
Sen. O’Brien uses his free time to serve as a community leader on the boards of Someplace Safe, which works to combat domestic violence in Trumbull County and the surrounding areas; Inspiring Minds, an organization which provides young people with “the opportunities and motivation to overcome the obstacles that stand between them and personal success”; as well as the Youngstown Air Base Council. Additionally, he has proven himself to be a strong advocate for children through his work as guardian ad litem for the children of Trumbull County, and has also been a lecturer for Someplace Safe, local police departments, teen intervention programs, and the Ohio State Patrol.
While a member of the House of Representatives, Sen. O’Brien served as a member on the Energy & Natural Resources, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Public Utilities Committees. The committee assignments reflected his priorities as well as the concerns of the communities in his district.
About Homes For Kids Inc.
Homes For Kids, Inc. was established in 1990 as a Non-Profit Treatment Foster Care agency headquartered in Niles, Ohio. The goals of the founding board members were to establish an agency that would provide Treatment Foster Care Services to local Children Services Boards in a fashion that promoted the utilization of comprehensive mental health services, minimal placements per home, and extensive support to foster caregivers.
Over the years, Homes For Kids established a solid base of treatment foster homes in Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana Counties while expanding its services to include the provision of Community Based Mental Health Treatment to not only children placed in our foster homes, but children residing in their own homes throughout the community.
Homes For Kids was certified by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in March of 1990 to recommend Family Foster Homes for Certification and in April of 2003 to recommend Treatment Foster Homes for Certification. In April 2002, Homes For Kids was certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health as a Community Mental Health agency to provide the following mental health services: Mental Health Assessment, Behavioral Health Counseling and Therapy Service, and Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment (CPST) Case Management. Subsequently, we obtained a contract with Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board as a Medicaid provider, and are reimbursed by Medicaid to provide the above mental health services. With our emergence as a mental health service provider, we launched our mental health department under the moniker, Child and Family Solutions.
Homes For Kids exists as a community presence in the Mahoning Valley. Currently, the organization has collaborative relationships with the local acute psychiatric hospital, children’s hospital, psychiatrists, psychologists, and community based drug and alcohol treatment facilities. Approximately eighty percent of our service population is linked to one or more of these services from another local provider. Last fiscal year we served 1,200 children in the Mahoning Valley with either behavioral health or foster care services.
The link to Homes For Kids website.