ERIC Number: ED394225
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Ohio Veterans' Children's Home [and] Update: Ohio Veterans' Children's Home.
Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.
The education and related services provided by the Ohio Veterans' Children's Home (OVCH) to its 211 residents (ages 6 to 19) were evaluated. Children in the home arrive either by placement through a public agency or by private placement, and the average length of stay is about a year. Approximately half of the children appear to have severe psychiatric disorders. The evaluation identified four basic problems of the facility: (1) an unclear mission as to what it is to do, to whom, and why; (2) fragmented services with little coordinated planning for individual children and little communication among staff members; (3) emphasis on control rather than treatment, with staff focusing on making children adjust to the institution rather than preparing them for life in the community; and (4) isolation, especially the facility's geographic remoteness from its residents' homes, and staff isolation from current thinking and state policy. Recommendations to the Ohio General Assembly include, among others, identifying an appropriate and clear mission for the institution, requiring persons or agencies placing children in OVCH to bear the cost, and more oversight over its operations. An OVCH response and a 1993 update are attached. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.