Explore Children's Day at COSI

Join us for Children's Day at COSI on September 29 from 5-9 p.m.  In addition to COSI's exhibits, you'll enjoy entertainment, visits from mascots and a prize drawing!

We Need Foster Families!

Hundreds of kids in Franklin County are waiting. These are kids who, through no fault of their own, are in need of a safe and loving home. They’re waiting for YOU. Become a Franklin County foster parent.

Anyone over 21 with a stable source of income can apply. You just have to be willing.

Visit fostercare.fccs.us or call (614) 275-2711 for more information.

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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 2017 issue of Connects E-News is here! Features include: Kaleidoscope Youth Center: A Safe Space for LGBTQ Youth, FCCS Presents Children’s Day at COSI and Tips for Today: Back to School Travel Safety.  

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Community Comes Out for FamJam 2017


On August 5, more than 6,000 people attended FamJam, an outdoor family enrichment festival co-sponsored by FCCS and Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, for the 7th consecutive year. The free event was a huge success at the John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons. Local acts including: the Douglas Community Recreation Center Cheer Team, Lungu Vybz, Modeling with a Message Fashion Show, XClaim Dance and the Franklin Preparatory School Steel Drum Band performed on stage. The crowd was welcomed by Mayor Andrew J. Ginther; Columbus City Council Members Michael Stinziano and Jaiza Page; FCCS Communications Director Deborrha Armstrong; City of Columbus Department of Neighborhoods Director Carla Williams- Scott and Franklin County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Marc Gofstein. Columbus Council Member Shannon Hardin served as emcee. Attendees enjoyed complimentary snacks, while they visited more than 80 community resource booths. In addition, children explored vehicles provided by local safety forces. Click here to view more photos from the event.

Events & Campaigns

  • June through August - Sunny 95 Neighborhood Block Parties
    FCCS will be at the Sunny 95 Neighborhood Block Parties throughout the summer. We'll share parenting tips and other resources with the community. Follow us on Facebook to learn dates and locations.
  • September 29- Children's Day at COSI
    5 to 9 p.m.
    333 W. Broad St.

    At FCCS's annual Children's Day celebration at COSI, children and families involved with FCCS will receive free admission to COSI exhibits, while a reduced rate for general admission is available to the public. Join us to enjoy local musicians, take part in prize drawings and shake hands with local mascots, including FCCS's own Ted D. Bear. Parking is $5.
  • September 30 - UNCF Walk for Education
    9 a.m to 12 p.m.
    Wolf Park
    105 Park Drive
    FCCS will sponsor a team participating in this event which raises funds for college scholarships including the FCCS Alvin R. Hadley Scholarship. This scholarship is presented to an agency youth each year. For more information, visit www.uncf.org/ColumbusWalk or call (614) 221-5309.

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