(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today named Kristi Burre the Director of the Office of Child Welfare Transformation to lead Ohio’s child protection and foster care reform efforts, a role he created in an executive order he signed moments after being sworn in as governor.
Burre most recently served as the Deputy Director of Protective Services at Fairfield County Job & Family Services. She has worked in the field of child protection for almost 20 years in the capacities of caseworker, supervisor, administrator, trainer, and director. Additionally, she is a trainer for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program and the Safe & Together Institute. Appointed by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services to represent Ohio’s public children service agencies, she is currently serving as a member of the Partners for Ohio’s Families Advisory Board. Burre holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Capital University and Master of Arts degree from Ohio University.
The Director of the Office of Child Welfare Transformation will report directly to Director Kimberly Hall of the Department of Job and Family Services, and will lead a nimble policy team focused on improving services to some of Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens, children impacted by abuse and neglect, and children in foster and kinship care.
Shortly after taking office, Governor DeWine signed an executive order to elevate child protection and foster care priorities in the state of Ohio in order to improve and reform the child welfare system. More than 15,000 children were served in out-of-home care at any point in time in 2018, representing more than a 25 percent increase since 2013. One half of children served in out-of-home care were due to parental substance use disorders.