Ohio project aims for more time for split families

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A statewide project in Ohio will try to increase the time a child spends with both parents, even if they are divorced or separated.

Fairfield County Job and Family Services is leading the four-year $400,000 initiative and Ohio University's College of Health Sciences and Professions will participate.

According to The Athens Messenger (bit.ly/SV8Pa2), the goal is to have both parents, although separated, work together on behalf of the child.

The other participating counties are Coshocton (kuh-SHAHK'-tuhn), Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh), Franklin, Knox, Licking, Monroe, Pickaway, Stark, Summit, Union and Wayne. The project is funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Randy Leite, dean of Ohio University's College of Health Sciences and Professions, will oversee the evaluation of the project.

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Information from: The Athens Messenger, http://www.athensmessenger.com/

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