Registration begins this Saturday, November 23rd at 8:30 am for the Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Walk. We hope you will join us at Allen County Children Services, 123 W. Spring Street, downtown Lima. The walk will begin at 9:00 am and go from ACCS to Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, Lima Rescue Mission, Family Promise and back to Children Services. Refreshments will be available. Please bring monetary, non-perishable food items and or undergarments (new socks and underwear). All items will be donated to the local food pantries and shelters. For more information contact Kelly Smith at 419-227-8590.
Allen County Children Services staff presented at a national conference last month. The Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse held the 8th Annual Conference on Differential Response in Child Welfare October 22-25th in Vail, Colorado. The theme was " Differential Response: A Catalyst for Change". The focus revolved around innovations that fit naturally with implementing a differential response child protection system. ACCS staff saw this as an opportunity to share our perspective on DR implementation successes, challenges and recommendations for enhancement. We reached out to Champaign and Madison Counties to partner with to allow for a more diverse presentation. This allowed for participants to hear from alternative response and traditional response caseworkers. supervisory and managerial perspectives about our experiences and recommendations for those considering implementation or those looking for techniques to strengthen their ongoing sustainability plans. Intake & Assessment Director Cynthia Scanland & ACCS Caseworker Ann Jenkins presented. Approximately 360 people attended from all over United States, Canada and China.
For more than 25 years, Allen County Children Services has coordinated the Adopt -A- Family program. Through this project, our families are able to receive food, clothing, toys, books and other essentials at the holiday time that on their own they would not be able to provide. We are inviting you to join us this year in spreading holiday cheer to a family in need. You can help in many different ways: a donation to the program, a contribution to a specific family, or by sponsoring a family and then purchasing, wrapping and/or delivering the gifts. Please consider making a contribution or becoming a sponsor. You can contact Missy Makley or Mike Carpenter at (419) 227-8590 with any questions. Your participation in Adopt-A-Family will make the holidays special for those less fortunate and will provide you with the gift of giving. (Sponsor Form).
Children who are sexually assaulted often experience a medical exam and interviews that force them to relive the ordeal and that can be nearly as traumatic as the crime itself. Local officials who deal with children who are sexually assaulted have wanted to fix the process for years. On October 28th, officials from various agencies including Children Services of Allen County, two local hospitals and the county prosecutor’s office gathered to announce a program tailored to try to lessen the traumatic experience that follows a sexual assault while trying to get the child as much help as possible. Kids Clinic: Child Advocacy Center of West Central Ohio was announced at Lima Memorial Health System. Not only does it the program work with first responders but it provides them training to manage a delicate situation in a child-friendly environment....(More)
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
November is National Adoption Month, a time designated to celebrate adoption as a way to provide a “forever family” for a waiting child. November is also a time of Thanksgiving and we would like to thank all of the families that have grown their households through adoption. Locally, since 2000, more than 180 Allen County children have been adopted through Allen County Children Services. These adoptions have occurred in all shapes and sizes, from a single child to large sibling groups, from babies to teenagers, and every combination you can imagine. And, as an alternative to private adoptions, your home study, court costs and other costs are covered for you... (More)
Scott H. Ferris, MPA, LSW
Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Walk, Saturday, November 23rd, 9:00 am at Allen County Children Services, 123 W. Spring St., downtown Lima. Registration begins at 8:30 am. Requesting monetary, non perishable food items, new socks and underwear. All Items will be donated to the local food pantries and shelters.(Audio)
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