Foster care rates have increased throughout Ohio, and Governor Mike DeWine may address that in the upcoming budget.
Vince Gianangeli, director of Belmont County Job and Family Services, said that even with additional tax revenue, more funding is needed to cover those costs.
All of the states with the highest opioid overdose deaths in 2016 (including Ohio and West Virginia) had an increase in foster care rates.
A spokesperson for Governor DeWine said that one of his priorities is to expand and address funding for children, as well as fight the drug epidemic.
The final state budget will be announced in March.