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Allen County Needs Foster Parents!

Kids need foster parents, right now. No matter who you are and where you are in life, you have the potential to be an amazing foster parent. Today’s children are tomorrow’s adults, and we need positive role models and loving families to welcome them into their homes. You can help foster hope, growth and change in our area. Foster parenting helps nurture stronger children, builds a better community, and lays the foundation for a brighter future for all of us. More than 12,000 Ohio kids need foster parents every year. Often, these children have been removed from homes where they were neglected or abused, though some come into foster care after losing their parents or caregivers. They have been to some very dark places and they need some stability and hope. Foster parenting is one way that you can make a real and lasting impact on a child’s life. We have classes starting October 2nd and are here to answer your questions anytime. Please give us a call at 419-227-8590. You can make a difference in the life of a child!

Director Appointed to PCSAO Board...

ACCS Executive Director Cynthia Scanland has been appointed to the Public Children Services Association of Ohio Board of Trustees. Scanland fills an open seat on the board from the Toledo/Northwest District. The PCSAO is a private non-profit association of the 88 county public children services agencies charged with child protection throughout Ohio. The organization supports program excellence and sound public policy for safe children, stable families and supportive communities.


Agency Evaluation Tops in the State!

The Ohio Department of Job & Family Services recently conducted the Child Protection and Oversight Evaluation Stage 9 review for all of Ohio's 88 counties. In each county several local cases were randomly selected and reviewed for compliance with federal outcome measures. Only one agency in the entire state met all nine indicators. Allen County was found to be in compliance with each outcome measure. Furthermore, several effective agency practices were noted, including safety outcomes, permanency outcomes and child & family well being outcomes. .

Human Trafficking & Child Sexual Abuse Awareness...

Funding from the Ohio Children¡¯s Trust Fund has enabled the Child Advocacy Center of West Central Ohio to produce a 30-second tv public service announcement focusing on child sexual abuse and human trafficking awareness. The spot features Chris Banks, Jenny Knippen, Rory Stauber, Laurel Neufeld Weaver and Bluffton High School students Emily Sycks, Hunter Solmonson and Celeste Stauber.   

Click on the following link to view:  Child Advocacy Center PSA                   

Choose Your Partner Carefully...

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


Love Luggage Eases Transition into Foster Care¡­

¡°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


Message from the Director


As temperatures continue to rise we would like to remind area residents that they should never leave their children unattended inside closed and/or locked vehicles. Leaving children alone in hot cars can be dangerous and possibly fatal. Parents are advised to never allow children to have access to unlocked, parked vehicles or trunks in the hot weather. There were 44 children who died in hot cars in 2013, and more than 500 have died of hyperthermia after being in a hot car since 1998. In 2014 so far there have been 23 deaths related to children being left in hot cars. These numbers are troublesome because they represent deaths of babies, toddlers and young children, and these deaths are completely preventable. If you see a child that has been left alone in a motor vehicle call 911. You could save a life!  


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.