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September is Kinship Appreciation Month... 

Allen County Children Services believes that the best place for children to thrive is in their own homes. However, when a child has been abused or neglected and there is a d for placement outside of the home whenever possible they are placed with relatives or individuals considered to be kin to the child. The month of September is being celebrated as Kinship Appreciation Month throughout the county to honor kinship caregivers for all they do for the children of this community. Kinship Care is an arrangement where grandparents, other relatives, or close family friends provide a child with a home, food, clothing and unconditional love to help maintain the child’s connection with family and minimize the trauma of separation. Nationally one third of all foster children are living with relatives, and locally the agency has 45 kinship homes in which children are being cared for. We thank them for all they do! 

Look Before You Lock...

Every summer in the United States, the issue of children being left unattended in motor vehicles hits the headlines. The stories often spur outrage and confusion over how such tragedies continue to occur, despite the media attention and persistent warnings to parents about how closed car windows trap heat, rapidly increasing interior temperatures. On average, 38 children die in hot cars each year. Even the best of parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car; and the end result can be injury or even death. One forgetful moment can lead to tragedy. Remember these tips to ensure your child’s safety... (tips)

Choose Your Partner Carefully...


It happens all too often. A young, single parent needs someone to watch their young child while they go out. It's just for an hour or two, and they enlist their boyfriend or girlfriend to care for the child -- not considering whether that person has ever taken care of a child, or is prepared for the responsibility. Something goes wrong -- the baby won't stop crying, or the toddler has an accident. And, reacting out of frustration, that boyfriend or girlfriend hurts the child, or worse, causes a life-threatening injury. Any baby or toddler left in the care of a person not accustomed to dealing with a young child is at risk. They may shake a crying baby, or hit a toddler who has had an accident or made a mess out of simple frustration or not knowing how to respond. The goal of the Choose Your Partner Carefully Awareness Campaign is to make young parents think twice before assuming their boyfriends or girlfriends are able to care for their children, and to make the community aware of the potential risk that untrained caregivers pose to every child. Spend time observing your partner with the children before leaving them alone together. Watch the interaction. Make sure your child is comfortable. Make sure the interaction is appropriate. If you have to, choose your child over your partner! (More Info)






Message from the Director


All children deserve a safe, happy life, including those in foster care. Young people in foster care especially need nurturing adults on their side because their own families are in crisis and unable to care for them.n provide a

loving, stable environment for children, close to home. Allen County Children Services will offer a free pre-service training for foster care/adoption applicants beginning Thursday, October 1st. The training is necessary for anyone interested in becoming a foster/adoptive parent. Families are not paid for caring for foster children, however a monthly boarding payment is provided by the agency for food, clothing and incidentals. Prospective foster parents must complete 12 training sessions. The classes will be held at ACCS, 123 W. Spring St., Lima, Ohio 45801. 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.

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