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Look Before You Lock...

Every summer in the United States, the issue of children being left unattended in motor vehicles hits the headlines. The stories often spur outrage and confusion over how such tragedies continue to occur, despite the media attention and persistent warnings to parents about how closed car windows trap heat, rapidly increasing interior temperatures. On average, 38 children die in hot cars each year. Even the best of parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car; and the end result can be injury or even death. One forgetful moment can lead to tragedy. Remember these tips to ensure your child’s safety... (tips)

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)


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


When children enter foster care because of abuse or neglect their world is turned upside down. The situation worsens when a “local” foster home cannot be found and they are sent out of the Lima community, forcing a change in schools and friends. To keep Allen County Kids Connected we need local foster parents who can provide a loving, stable environment for children, close to home. ACCS will offer a free preservice training for foster care/adoption applicants beginning Thursday, October 1, 2015. The training is necessary for anyone interested in becoming a foster/adoptive parent. The classes will be held at ACCS, 123 W. Spring St., Lima, Ohio 45801. For more information or to register call 4192278590. You can change the life of a child!


                 -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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