MT. GILEAD, Ohio
— A family raising special-needs children may be forced to move
because they cannot afford to clean up the decades-old lead
around their house and yard, lead that is poisoning the
If the Klines lived in a
big city like Columbus instead of Mt. Gilead, government money
would have been available to help, 10TV's Lindsey Seavert
Earlier this year, blood
tests discovered high levels of lead in three of Joy Kline's
adopted special-needs children. Further testing found the
family's old, two-story house and the surrounding yard were
Under Ohio's Childhood
Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, the family was given 45 days
to clean up the contamination, but the $20,000 cost is more than
the Klines can afford.
"I never imagined that my
home would be harmful," Joy Kline said. "To know they were being
poisoned by playing in my backyard just makes me ill."
Kline told 10TV News she
sought financial assistance from state, county and federal
agencies to help pay for the cleanup but was told no money was
available for those living in small towns and rural areas.
"Funds seem to be
available in the urban areas, not the rural areas," said state
Rep. Thom Collier, R-Mount Vernon. "We are trying to introduce
something (in the legislature) that if you mandate procedures,
some dollars have to be available to these families."
The Klines have two weeks
to make the deadline for getting the lead removed from their
house and yard, but the family may receive an extension as they
continue to search for funds.
Donations to assist the
Klines in paying for the cleanup can be made at any Chase Bank
in the United States under "Kline Family Fund."
here for more information on the state's Childhood Lead
Poisoning Prevention Program.
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There will be
future development of this section. Hopefully we can add from
the purchase of the home to the latest events. GranPa Chuck,
According to a recent post to our group, Joy stated the
following: "Everything was
tested, it's not our water...it's all our windows, the tiles in
our fireplace, which is now covered completely over until we
can get it fixed, thresholds of 3 doors, ceiling of back porch,
post on front porch, and barren soil area in my back yard were
my children play or should I say used too. that's where it's