Union County Social Services has a new director.
John Holtkamp has been hired to lead the department. Holtkamp comes from Durham County where he served as division director for Child, Adult and Family Services. While he was with Durham, the number of children in foster care was reduced by more than 25 percent. In 2011, Durham County had a total of 83 children come into foster care and 117 children leave foster care. The overall number of foster children declined to less than 160, the lowest number of children in care in more than 20 years. More than 50 adoptions also were achieved and maintained with no disruptions.
Holtkamp previously served as a county director in Ohio for seven years where he achieved similar results; leading his county to the lowest rate of foster placements, the highest rate of adoptions and the highest level of federal reimbursement Ohio. His county was named as a “Hub of Excellence” by the Ohio Department of Child and Family Services.
Holtkamp also served two tours with the American Red Cross in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as a mental health volunteer. He served as the disaster coordinator for Logan County, Ohio, and also worked on Ohio’s State Child Fatality Review team.