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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month...

A flag raising ceremony will be held Wednesday, April 1st, at 12:00 Noon, outside the Allen County Courthouse as a public reminder of the epidemic of violence against children in our country. It is estimated that every day in the U.S., five children die as a result of violence. This can happen in any community. Allen County Commissioners, other elected officials and members of local child welfare agencies will dedicate the flag to the children of Allen County that have been victims of abuse. Please join us for a short program which will include a proclamation in honor of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.


Lima Easter Egg Hunt March 28th...

Join ACCS, iHeart Media, Potash Corp. and several other local organizations for the Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt! It will be held at Spartan Stadium, Saturday, March 28th at 10am. Come search 20,000 eggs for your chance to win a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida, courtesy of Findlay Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram! RA Flynn is giving you a shot to pick before everyone else…We’ll have the Easter Bunny, his pal Sparty, Face painting, k9 units, the Buckeye Video Game Truck, a Coloring contest by The 419, & count the counts Easter Eggs by Sesame Street Live, and so much more! You and your kids can’t miss this great day! See you March 28th at Lima Stadium!


Allen County Needs Foster Parents!

To keep Allen County Kids Connected we need local foster parents who can provide a loving, stable environment for children, close to home. Allen County Children Services will offer free pre‐service training for foster care/adoption beginning April 7, 2015. The training is necessary for anyone interested in becoming a foster/adoptive parent. Families are not paid for caring for foster children, however a monthly boarding payment is provided by the agency for food, clothing and incidentals. Prospective foster parents must complete 12 training sessions. The classes will be held at ACCS, 123 W. Spring St., Lima, Ohio 45801. For more information or to register call 419‐227‐8590.


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

Foster families are amazing! Fostering provides a wonderful family and home for a child who needs both. The strange thing is that there are so many families who want to adopt for various reasons. Some are compelled by passion, some are not able to have children and some have older children but have more love to give. All these reasons and more are GREAT reasons to foster and adopt. A free foster parent training will take place here at ACCS beginning April 7th.  If you would like more information or to register please call 419-227-8590. You can change the life of a child! 

                 -Cynthia M. Scanland, MSSA


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