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ACCS 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


All children deserve a safe, happy life, including those in foster care. May is national foster care month. Young people in foster care especially need nurturing adults on their side because their own families are in crisis and unable to care for them. At Allen County Children Services we salute the compassionate people who make a difference by serving as foster parents. These unsung everyday heroes are helping foster children build brighter futures. For more information call Allen County Children Services at 419-227-8590. Change a life, become a foster parent. 

                 -Cynthia M. Scanland, MSSA

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*The Allen County Children Services Board will hold its monthly meetings on the 4th Monday of each month at 5:15 pm!


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