Allen County Needs Foster Parents...
Thinking about becoming a foster parent? Our free, training sessions begin on April 8th here at ACCS. 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.
2014 Friend of Children Award...
Nominations are being accepted for the “2014 Friend of Children Award”, to be presented at the Community for
Kids Breakfast on Thursday, April 24th at the Veteran’s Memorial Civic and Convention Center in Lima.
The “Friend of Children Award” is intended for an individual or organization that has demonstrated commitment to
the protection of children, and has provided resources, time, and leadership in an attempt to improve the quality of life
for children of Allen County, has gone “above and beyond” in the provision of services to a child or group of children, or has worked for positive systems change in the way our community protects its children.
Nominations should include the name, address, and phone number of the individual/organization being recognized, the
type of work they perform, the reasons for the nomination, and the name and phone number of the individual(s)
submitting the nomination.
Nominations are to be submitted no later than March 28, 2014 to:
Mike Carpenter, Allen County Children Services, 123 W. Spring St., Lima, OH 45801.
The award recipient will be chosen by the Planning Committee for the Community For Kids Breakfast.
March is Social Work Month...
The National Association of Social Workers is pleased to announce the 2014 Social Work Month theme: “All People Matter.” The theme and logo were selected to help raise awareness about the American social work profession’s 116-year commitment to improving social conditions and quality of life opportunities for everyone. Social workers across the globe believe that all people have dignity and deserve respect. NASW’s goal for Social Work Month 2014 is to educate the public about how these values are essential to improving relationships within families, making social support systems more effective, and building stronger communities. ACCS salutes the caring social workers on staff who help children every single day!
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
“When children are removed from their homes and placed into foster care their belongings are often placed into garbage bags. This reinforces the message that they are trash! Unknowingly, the abuse continues. Love Luggage allows every child entering foster care to have their own luggage. This communicates a different message to a child … you are special, you are valued and you are important. The abuse stops.” Full Story
All foster children have experienced some level of abuse, neglect or loss. Despite all that has happened in their lives, most are just like any other kids you know. They play, laugh and hang out with friends. Some are talented artists and athletes. Others struggle in school and may need help. They all have hopes and dreams and deserve permanent families. If you’d like to become a foster or adoptive parent call Allen County Children Services at 419-227-8590. The next free training begins April 8th. You can make a child’s dreams come true.
Scott H. Ferris, MPA, LSW
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