Report to the Community
LCCS investigated 4,642 allegations of abuse and neglect in 2020, down ten percent from 2019. This decrease can be likely be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting decrease in reporting of abuse and neglect. These reports involved 6109 children, down 21% from the previous year. 1,993 of them were substantiated victims of abuse or neglect, down 20% from prior year.
We also provided 452 voluntary referrals for service to families whose issues did not meet the criteria for an abuse or neglect allegation. LCCS served 13,114 children and 5,139 families in 2020.
The rate of children on child abuse and neglect referrals decreased in all zip codes except for 43620, which increased five percent. The top five zip codes remained the same as 2019, except that 43620 was now in the top five zip codes for children on referrals. More than 75 percent of all cases opened were located in ten Toledo-area zip codes. The rate of children on CA/N referrals was 60.4 per 1,000 children for Lucas County as a whole.
The number one reason for case opening was substance abuse by parents (56%), followed by domestic violence (34%) and mental health (27%). Of cases opened for substance abuse, 48 percent involved parents using heroin or other opiates, followed closely by marijuana (41 percent). In 43% of cases, multiple substances were being used.
In 2020, we had an average daily caseload of 1,533 children. Nearly all (97 percent) of these children were living in a family environment:
- 804 (52 percent) were living in their own homes
- 389 (26 percent) were in foster care or a similar placement
- 297 (19 percent) were living with a relative or other kinship caregiver
Only 40 children (3 percent) were in non-family settings such as group homes or private institutions. Three children (<1 percent) were living in other circumstances.
In 2020, 77 children were adopted into new families, down 8 percent from 2019. One hundred thirty-eight children were reunified with a parent, down 6 percent from 2019.