If you would like to help make the holidays special for a child in need please consider participating in the Adopt-A-Family Program. Through this project, families involved with ACCS 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. Please consider making a contribution or becoming a sponsor. You can contact Missy Makley or Mike Carpenter at 419-227-8590 with any questions, to make a financial contribution or to sponsor a family. Your participation in Adopt-A-Family will make the holidays special for those less fortunate and will provide you with the gift of giving. (Click here for Adopt-A-Family Sponsor form)
ACCS appreciates the support of the Allen County community. The .5 mill 5 year renewal levy on the November 3rd ballot was approved by 68% of the voters. This local funding allows us to
to promote, safeguard and protect the overall well-being of children and families, to intervene on behalf of children who have been abused or neglected, and to work with children and families to assure that every child has a safe, permanent, and nurturing environment. By transforming children's lives, we change the course of their future and ours.
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)
National Adoption Awareness Month may be over but there remains a critical need in Allen County for adults to become involved. Everyone can make a difference in the life of a child– either by adopting a child from foster care or by supporting the work of agencies finding forever families for waiting children. For more information about adoption call Allen County Children Services at 419-227-8590. You don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent!
-Cynthia M. Scanland, MSSA
*The Allen County Children Services Board will hold its monthly meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5:15 pm!
*December CSB Meeting Change, Tuesday, 12/15, 12:00 Noon!
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