Not every child is fortunate enough to get gifts or even celebrate with a family during the Christmas holiday. Abuse, neglect and other difficult home conditions can make the season a long and lonely time for some children. That is why for more than 26 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 be unable 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, including: a financial contribution to the Adopt-A-Family program, a financial contribution for 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)
Voters approved the Allen County Children Services Renewal Levy on November 4th with 63% voting in favor of the issue. The levy is not an increase in taxes and will generate $1,385,869. In 2013, the combined levy revenue made up 44% of the Agency's funding. Meanwhile, state and federal funding to ACCS has continued to decline over the past five years. Last year, ACCS initiated 967 new cases for investigation and assessment involving 2,334 children. This is the 5th consecutive year reports of alleged child maltreatment have increased. Thanks to voter support the levy will allow ACCS to continue protecting abused and neglected children, strengthen families and improve the quality of our community.
Allen County Commissioners appointed two local men to the Allen County Children Services Board, Thursday, September 18th. Danny Howard (left) and Jason Stolly (right) will each serve a 4-year term. Howard is a sergeant with the Allen County Sheriff’s Department. Stolly is a Producer with Stolly Insurance Group. The mission of the CSB is to protect children by supporting and strengthening families in partnership with the community. The board now has 12 members.
ACCS congratulates Demetrius Williams of Lima on receiving the Public Children Services Association of Ohio 2014 "Rising Up and Moving On Award", at the annual state conference in Columbus. The RUMO Award celebrates the accomplishments of children served by Ohio's child protection system that demonstrate success in the face of adversity. Williams, a former foster child, is set to graduate from Tiffin University in May 2015 with a degree in criminal justice. Also in the picture (from left), are ACCS employees LaKenya Johnson, Volanda Kirkman, Brad Rabley and Bonnie Monford.
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
November is National Adoption Month. More than 100,000 children and youth in the U.S. foster care system are awaiting permanent families. National Adoption Month is a time to raise awareness about the adoption of children and youth from foster care.
ACCS along with many other agencies takes part in the initiative each November as a way to focus public attention on the urgent need for adoptive families for siblings waiting in foster care for permanent families. The focus of the month this year is on "Promoting and Supporting Sibling Connections," highlighting the importance of sibling bonds for children's development and emotional well-being. If you are interested in foster care or adoption call 419-227-8590. You can make a difference in the life of a child.
-Cynthia M. Scanland, MSSA
*The Allen County Children Services Board will hold its monthly meetings on the 4th Monday of each month for the remainder of the year. The start time remains 5:15 pm!
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.
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.