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ACCS Adds New Board Members...

     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.


Rising Up & Moving On!

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.


Allen County Needs Foster Parents!

Kids need foster parents, right now. No matter who you are and where you are in life, you have the potential to be an amazing foster parent. Today’s children are tomorrow’s adults, and we need positive role models and loving families to welcome them into their homes. You can help foster hope, growth and change in our area. Foster parenting helps nurture stronger children, builds a better community, and lays the foundation for a brighter future for all of us. More than 12,000 Ohio kids need foster parents every year. Often, these children have been removed from homes where they were neglected or abused, though some come into foster care after losing their parents or caregivers. They have been to some very dark places and they need some stability and hope. Foster parenting is one way that you can make a real and lasting impact on a child’s life. We have classes starting October 2nd and are here to answer your questions anytime. Please give us a call at 419-227-8590. You can make a difference in the life of a child!

Human Trafficking & Child Sexual Abuse Awareness...

Funding from the Ohio Children's Trust Fund has enabled the Child Advocacy Center of West Central Ohio to produce a 30-second tv public service announcement focusing on child sexual abuse and human trafficking awareness. The spot features Chris Banks, Jenny Knippen, Rory Stauber, Laurel Neufeld Weaver and Bluffton High School students Emily Sycks, Hunter Solmonson and Celeste Stauber.   

Click on the following link to view:  Child Advocacy Center PSA                   

Choose Your Partner Carefully...

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




Message from the Director


Foster parents provide a temporary, safe home for children in crisis. They are part of the child's support, treatment, and care programs. They are partners of the child's social worker, attorney, teachers, and doctors. Being a foster parent is not a passive act of opening one's home and providing food, clothing, and shelter. It is a proactive statement of nurturing, advocacy, and love. Our next free training for prospective foster parents begins October 2nd. For more information or to register, call 419-227-8590.

                   -Cynthia M. Scanland, MSSA


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.

Ohio JFS

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.