Opioid Epidemic Driving Need for Foster Parents in Cuyahoga County

 

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Fill this House
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Joe Matejka founded Custom Fundraising Solutions (CFS) in 2005 and has served as the president of the Westlake, Ohio-based company ever since. Under Joe Matejka’s leadership, CFS developed a mattress fundraising concept that is being employed in more than 1,200 schools. Additionally, the company regularly donates beds to Fill this House.

Primarily serving Cuyahoga County in Ohio, Fill this House provides essential household items to teenagers who are aging out of the foster care system. Judging from May 2018 data on foster care figures for the region, Fill this House will be even more important in the near future, as almost 2,300 children in Cuyahoga County are in foster care or another form of custody. That is the highest figure recorded since 2011.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office estimated that roughly half of the young people in foster care are there as a result of the substance abuse of their parents, largely driven by the opioid epidemic. In December, the attorney general’s office provided money to three counties, one of which was Cuyahoga, to hire and fund a full-time worker solely dedicated to foster family recruitment. There is a particular need for loving foster families interested in and capable of taking in teenagers, infants, sibling groups, and youth who identify as LGBTQ.

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