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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is an issue in every community. Someone you know, young or old may be a victim. Please join us by standing up and speaking out for the Male child holding a picture of parents fighting. Caption says: If theres violence in the home, the kids get the picture. Small caption says: Domestic Violence, Its your business.victims of this terrible affliction.*

  • Domestic violence includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional or psychological abuse. *

  • In the United States, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. This equates to more than 10
    million abuse victims annually. *

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an
    intimate partner. *

  • The cost of domestic violence exceeds $8.3 billion annually. *

* For additional information and statistics about domestic violence visit:

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence(NCADV)


The Cole Collection Event 2016


The Cole Collection LogoThe Cole Collection event is a curated collection of unique products from Ohio vendors as well as the community collectively coming together to give back to others.  The purpose of the Cole Collection event is to impact the children in the foster care system by making their Christmas a little brighter this year.  The proceeds from the event will allow us to purchase Christmas gifts for foster children in Allen County.  Our goal is to purchase gifts for all 260 foster children this year.  This will be a great time to start your holiday shopping.  There will be 10-12 vendors selling a variety of products such as jewelry, clothing and other holiday gifts.  Unique auction items will also be available at this year's event.  We were overwhelmed with the wonderful response from the community the past two years and look forward to another successful event this year. 

To purchase tickets to this years event click here.

Event Time & Location:
Thursday, November 3, 6-9pm
Vino Bellissimo
2412 Cable Court, Lima, OH 45805


                 Fall 2016: Pre-Service Training Schedule

Location: Allen County Children Service Building

123 W. Spring St.

 Lima, OH 45801

Date & Time
Transcending Differences in Placement Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 6-9p.m.
Helping the Child Manage Emotions & Behaviors Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 6-9p.m.
Understanding Primary Families Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 9-12p.m.
Effects of Caregiving on the Caregiver Family Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 1-4p.m.
Long-Term Separation from Birth Parents Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 6-9p.m.
Post-Adoption Issues for Families Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 6-9p.m.


Fall 2016: Parenting Class Schedule

Location: Allen County Children Service Building

123 W. Spring St.

 Lima, OH 45801

                                         *All classes are open to the public.*

Select this link for: ACCS Parenting Classes Overview

Date &Time
ACT (Raising Safe Kids) October 19 & 26th - 3-5p.m.(Wednesdays)
Choose Your Partner Carefully December 17th - 9-1p.m.(Saturday)
Parenting Piece by Piece November 2, 3, 9, & 10th - 1-3p.m.(Wednesdays & Thursdays)


Message from the Director


Every year, thousands of children enter the foster care system with a powerful need for stability, happiness, belonging, safety and love. You can make a tremendous difference in your own life and the life of a child by opening your home and your heart. Consider being a foster parent for an area child who needs you. Our next free training begins October 4th. To register or for more information call ACCS at 419-227-8590.

                  - Cynthia 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.