New policy targets foster care in Ohio county

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio's largest county wants to try something new to keep more children from homeless families out of foster care.

A fundraising model being floated by Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Executive Ed FitzGerald would give private investors a chance to make some money by helping to expand an intervention program.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group ( ) reports that donors could get their money back, plus up to 2 percent interest, if the intervention program hits its performance goals.

The proposal, which is still being developed, would aim to raise between $8 million and $9 million from foundations, banks and other investors.

FitzGerald, a Democratic candidate for governor, said the program could save the county money overall if it can reduce the number of kids in foster care.

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