Allen County Children Services will have a 5 year, 0.75 Mill Levy Renewal on the ballot November 4th. This levy was originally passed in 1985 and successfully renewed every five years since. A renewal of this levy, with no increase in taxes, will generate $1,385,869. In 2013, the combined levy revenue made up 44% of the Agency's funding. Meanwhile, state and federal funding to ACCS has continued to decline over the past five years. Last year, ACCS initiated 967 new cases for investigation and assessment involving 2,334 children. This is the 5th consecutive year reports of alleged child maltreatment have increased. With voters support the levy will allow ACCS to continue protecting abused and neglected children, strengthen families and improve the quality of our community.
For more than 26 years, Allen County Children Services has coordinated the Adopt-A-Family program. Through this project, our families are able to receive food, clothing, toys, books and other essentials at the holiday time that on their own they would be unable to provide. We are inviting you to join us this year in spreading holiday cheer to a family in need. You can help in many different ways, including: a financial contribution to the Adopt-A-Family program, a financial contribution for a specific family or by sponsoring a family and then purchasing, wrapping and/or delivering the gifts. Please consider making a contribution or becoming a sponsor. You can contact Missy Makley or Mike Carpenter at 419-227-8590 with any questions.. Your participation in Adopt-A-Family will make the holidays special for those less fortunate and will provide you with the gift of giving!
Allen County Commissioners appointed two local men to the Allen County Children Services Board, Thursday, September 18th. Danny Howard (left) and Jason Stolly (right) will each serve a 4-year term. Howard is a sergeant with the Allen County Sheriff’s Department. Stolly is a Producer with Stolly Insurance Group. The mission of the CSB is to protect children by supporting and strengthening families in partnership with the community. The board now has 12 members.
ACCS congratulates Demetrius Williams of Lima on receiving the Public Children Services Association of Ohio 2014 "Rising Up and Moving On Award", at the annual state conference in Columbus. The RUMO Award celebrates the accomplishments of children served by Ohio's child protection system that demonstrate success in the face of adversity. Williams, a former foster child, is set to graduate from Tiffin University in May 2015 with a degree in criminal justice. Also in the picture (from left), are ACCS employees LaKenya Johnson, Volanda Kirkman, Brad Rabley and Bonnie Monford.
When choosing a partner, mothers are not just choosing for themselves. They are choosing for their children, too. Your partner has a great influence on your child's life. Choosing the wrong partner can be, literally, deadly. No matter how much you may love your boyfriend, he may not love your child. It is important that you know the warning signs. ACCS has joined with 76 local organizations for the "Choose Your Partner Carefully Campaign". It is geared toward increasing mothers protective behaviors as well as engaging friends, family and service providers in helping mother make good choices in choosing her partner....Full Story
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a designation that serves to raise awareness and dialog about domestic violence, which has a profound affect on a child's well being and development. Children who grow up in homes with domestic violence often witness violence on a daily basis, live in fear, and blame themselves. Half of all batterers also abuse their children. As a community we need awareness and collaboration to end domestic violence. In Allen County, Crossroads Crisis Center provides emergency shelter, support groups, and community education. For more information about their services please call the 24-hour crisis hotline at 419-228-HELP. Let's stop domestic violence now!
-Cynthia M. Scanland, MSSA
*The Allen County Children Services Board will hold its monthly meetings on the 4th Monday of each month for the remainder of the year. The start time remains 5:15 pm!
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction protects and supports Ohioans by ensuring that adult felony offenders are effectively supervised in environments that are safe, humane, and appropriately secure.
The Ohio's Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification (eSORN) program is one of the nation's preeminent applications for locating and tracking registered sex offenders.
The Ohio Job and Family Services Develops and oversees programs that provide health care, employment and economic assistance, child support, and services to families and children.