Nominations are now being accepted for the “2015 Friend of Children Award”, to be
presented at the Annual Community for Kids Breakfast on Thursday, April 9th at the Veteran’s Memorial Civic and Convention Center in Lima. The breakfast is held in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. The “Friend of Children Award” is intended for an individual or organization that has demonstrated commitment to the protection of children, and has provided resources, time, and leadership in an attempt to improve the quality of life for children of Allen County. Nominations should include the name, address, and phone number of the individual/organization being recognized, the type of work they perform, the reasons for the nomination, and the name and phone number of the individual(s) submitting the nomination. Nominations are to be submitted no later than March 20, 2015 to:
Allen County Children Services
123 W. Spring St.
Lima, OH 45801
The award recipient will be chosen by the Planning Committee for the Community for Kids Breakfast.
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)
Child-welfare agencies around Ohio are finding success with new strategies that include foster children in the planning of their future. The Wendy's Wonderful Kids
Program, of which Allen County is a part of, uses a child-centered approach that engages foster youth in the process of finding a permanent home. Deb Downing, assistant director with Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services, says it's helped them to better identify the child's needs, and sometimes find a person in the child's life willing to provide care. "First is to work with the children so they are ready for moving into an adoptive home," Downing says. "Then to look at what are some unique strategies to try to identify a family. Looking at where are that child's connections." Since it began in Ohio in 2004, there have been more than 1,300 children served by the program and nearly 350 adoptions.
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.
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
*The Allen County Children Services Board will hold its monthly meetings on the 4th Monday of each month at 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.