Guidelines for Reporting Abuse

The first step in helping abused or neglected children is learning to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect.

Click the link below for information that may help you to recognize a child that needs help.

Resources in Our Community

Need help? Check out our list of resources available in your community. You can also view and print our 2016 Resource Guide.


Learn about the resources available to families in their own neighborhoods through the FCCS's Family-to-Family program:

Never Leave a Child Alone in a Car!

A car can be an extremely dangerous place for a child who has been left alone, even if only for a few minutes. Check out this parenting tip!

Latest Issue of Connects E-News

The August issue of Connects E-News is here! Features include: Come to FCCS's FamJam, Former FCCS Youth Becomes All-Star Intern and TAP Youth Learn to Grow. 

Come to Franklin County Children Services and Mayor Andrew J. Ginther's FamJam

Come to Franklin County Children Services and Mayor Andrew J. Ginther’s FamJam on August 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at our new location —Genoa Park. It’s a free, family enrichment festival, in its eighth consecutive year. Parking is available at COSI for $5. You’ll enjoy entertainment, community resource booths and complimentary food (while supplies last). Local acts will appear on stage. Alissa Henry, feature reporter for Good Day Columbus on ABC 6 and Fox 28, CW Star on CW Columbus, and a lifestyle correspondent on Fox 28's Good Day Marketplace, will serve as emcee. Performers include Hosea’s State of Mind, Xclaim Dance, various youth groups and more.

Face painting, bounce houses and climbing walls (courtesy of Columbus Recreation and Parks) will be available for families. More than 80 organizations will offer resources, giveaways and health screenings to the community at their booths. Kids can also explore vehicles provided by local safety forces, including the Columbus Division of Police, Columbus Division of Fire and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. In addition, attendees can walk through a COTA bus and check out the Columbus Metropolitan Library bookmobile.

The party goes on rain or shine. Join us for the fun! Click here for more information about FamJam.

Events & Campaigns

  • August 27 - FCCS and Mayor Andrew Ginther's FamJam
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Genoa Park
    303 W. Broad Street

    Franklin County Children Services and the city of Columbus invite you to a free, family enrichment festival at Genoa Park. FamJam will bring families together with community resources, vendors and information tables, as well as tons of fun and entertainment. Rain or shine! For more information, call (614) 341-6085 or click here.
  • September - National Kinship Month
    September is Kinship Care Month, a time for recognizing the value of placing children with relatives or others who are familiar to them, when out-of-home placement is necessary. It is also a time for celebrating the kin families who support these children. Click here to learn about FCCS's Kinship Program.
  • September 17 - Kinship Conference
    FCCS is co-sponsoring a conference for kinship families with the Ohio Grandparent/Kinship Coalition. Caregivers and youth will receive helpful resources and information from speakers.
  • September 24 - Girls' Self-Esteem Workshop
    FCCS and its Citizens Advisory Committee will hold a workshop for young women involved with the agency. This workshop is designed to promote confidence and self-esteem and will include presentations, a panel discussion and health and beauty tips.

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