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)
Voters approved the Allen County Children Services Renewal Levy on November 4th with 63% voting in favor of the issue. The levy is not an increase in taxes and will generate $1,385,869. In 2013, the combined levy revenue made up 44% of the Agency's funding. Meanwhile, state and federal funding to ACCS has continued to decline over the past five years. Last year, ACCS initiated 967 new cases for investigation and assessment involving 2,334 children. This is the 5th consecutive year reports of alleged child maltreatment have increased. Thanks to voter support the levy will allow ACCS to continue protecting abused and neglected children, strengthen families and improve the quality of our community.
Allen County Commissioners appointed two local men to the Allen County Children Services Board, Thursday, September 18th. Danny Howard (left) and Jason Stolly (right) will each serve a 4-year term. Howard is a sergeant with the Allen County Sheriff’s Department. Stolly is a Producer with Stolly Insurance Group. The mission of the CSB is to protect children by supporting and strengthening families in partnership with the community. The board now has 12 members.
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.