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ACCS Holds Blood Donor Day...

Allen County Children Services hosted a blood drive Wednesday, January 13th to honor one local student battling leukemia. Lauren Cunningham a student at Bath Elementary School was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014. Since her diagnosis, Lauren has received more than 78 blood transfusions. As a way to help Lauren and other children battling cancer her family set-up blood drives in her honor. The goal for the number of donations Wednesday was exceeded. Enough blood was donated to save 180 lives! They plan to hold additional blood drives every 60 days. Visit www.redcrossblood.org to learn about blood drives in our area.

ACCS Board Chooses Officers...

The Allen County Children Services Board (ACCSB) has elected officers for 2016-2017. Dr. Jennifer Hughes, Ph.D. will continue to serve as Chair, Phil Hayne as Vice-Chair and Linda Skaja-Buckley as Secretary. Dr. Hughes is an assistant professor of social work at Wright State University, Hayne is retired from the United Way of Greater Lima, and Skaja-Buckley is retired from the Lima City Schools.

Adopt-A-Family Thanks Sponsors...

ACCS would like to thank everyone who participated in this year's Adopt-A-Family program. Thanks to our generous community we were able to make the holidays brighter for more than 200 abused and neglected children. Serving hundreds of youth is not an easy task and could not have been accomplished without the strong support of  many groups and individuals in our community. Thank you for all that you do and have done on behalf of the children we serve!

 

Choose Your Partner Carefully...

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 


Message from the Director

 

Every year, thousands of children enter the foster care system with a powerful need for stability, happiness, belonging, safety and love. You can make a tremendous difference in your own life and the life of a child by opening your home and your heart. Consider being a foster parent for an area child who needs you. Our next free training begins April 5th. To register or for more information call ACCS at 419-227-8590.

                  - Cynthia Scanland, MSSA

 
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