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ACCS Introduces Safe & Together Model...

Domestic violence perpetrators hurt children. Whether it is through their choice to expose children to their violence against another parent, through direct physical maltreatment, or by using a child as a weapon against the other parent, domestic violence perpetrators create safety and risk concerns for children. The co-occurrence of child maltreatment and domestic violence is estimated between 30% and 60%. While some children appear resilient and show no symptoms, many children who are exposed to a parent’s battering behavior display externalizing and internalizing behaviors including aggression, anxiety, depression, PTSD, educational and social problems and long term adjustment issues. Domestic violence perpetrators patterns of coercive control are frequently present in cases that end in a critical incident or child fatality. Given this data, it is clear that government and private child welfare agencies need to effectively address domestic violence in order to achieve their core mission of safety, permanency and well-being of children. (more)

Foster Parents are True Heroes...

May is National Foster Care Month, a month set aside to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policy makers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. During National Foster Care Month, we renew our commitment to ensuring a bright future for the nearly 400,000 children and youth in foster care, and we celebrate all those who make a meaningful difference in their lives.


2015 Friend of Children Awards... 

Congratulations to this year's Friend of Children Award recipients: Berlin Carroll, Debbie Boquist, Childer's Media Group, Perry United Methodist Church, Megan Rockey, John Paradore & Social Justice Committee of Allen County, and Chris Provaznik! The Friend of Children Award is given to those who have demonstrated commitment to the protection of children and provided resources, time and leadership in an attempt to improve the quality of life for the children of Allen County. The awards were presented April 9th at the 21st Annual Community for Kids Breakfast.


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


Making safety a part of your daily routine can be the difference between life and death for a child in your care. Last year 38 children died due to heat strokes after being left unattended in vehicles. Leaving a child inside a vehicle with the windows rolled up --- even a few minutes – can have deadly consequences. In just one hour, vehicle temperatures can reach up to 117 degrees Fahrenheit even though it’s only 72 degrees outside. Cars with cracked windows can still result in temperatures rising 19 degrees in just 10 minutes. Remember, leaving a child alone in a vehicle, even for a short time, can cause heatstroke and the child’s death. Don’t let this preventable death happen.

                 -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.

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