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How one Cleveland family is helping children left behind from the opioid epidemic

Posted at 12:32 PM, May 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-25 14:46:42-04

One Cleveland couple is helping save children from the opioid crisis by going above being foster parents and calling children who are victims of the epidemic their own. Holly Spencer-Trueman, of OhioGuidestone, an organization that places children with foster families, said Cuyahoga County is overwhelmed with cases. 

"We try to think of our foster parents as part of a big family. There are not enough families for children that come into care. That’s 2,600 kids in Cuyahoga county!"

Spencer-Trueman recruits and trains families through OhioGuidestone.

Nichelle and Damion Daniels increased their family, from three biological children to five adoptive children, through OhioGuidestone.

"We got two kids the week we got our license, 13 is the oldest, and 16 months is the youngest,” said Nichelle Daniels.  

"We’re spiritual people and our call-ins to take on the orphans and widows. Just to know I've had an opportunity to change someone’s life forever. Once we take you into our home, you are forever Daniels. We do deal with a child that is drug addicted. They're looking for someone to love them appropriately."