2022 Child Abuse Prevention Event

This annual event, held on April 13, 2022 and hosted by FCCS and its Citizens Advisory Committee, highlighted child abuse prevention and the accomplishments of social work professionals, client families, youth and community advocates. In addition, college scholarships were awarded to agency youth. 

Accent on Kids is Here!

The Spring 2022 Issue of Accent on Kids is here. Features include: Agency Youth Advocate for Peers and Themselves, Providing Support for Youth Education, and 2021 Families and Partners of the Year.

Gun Safety

Keep guns locked and out of reach of children. Visit our Parenting Tips page to learn about more about gun safety. 

We're Hiring!

Franklin County Children Services is hiring professionals who are dedicated to protecting children while  strengthening families. Visit the employment page for more information on this and other job openings.

Latest Issue of Connects E-News

Read about the unexpected calling a foster couple found in the latest issue of Connects E-News. Also, learn about teen suicide prevention, and a caseworker who tackles tough situations with care. Read the full May issue here. 

 

May is National Foster Care Month

Foster Hope. Foster Love. Foster Franklin County.
Hundreds of children in Franklin County are waiting. These are children who, through no fault of their own, need a safe and loving home. The need for loving foster homes continues to increase, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Foster homes for older children, those with emotional and behavioral issues and sibling groups are especially needed.

Children are 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 …to Foster Hope, Foster Love, Foster Franklin County.

If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent, click here or call (614) 275-2711 to learn more about the process and connect with a local foster care agency. FCCS partners with various foster care agencies to provide foster homes for Franklin County’s children.

Preventing Teen Suicide

FCCS is partnering with Columbus Public Health (CPH) along with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to increase awareness and promote limiting access to lethal means. Through their Locks Save Lives campaign, CPH stresses the importance of safeguarding guns, medication and alcohol, especially if there are concerns about suicide. Those who may not be able to afford lockboxes, may receive one by sending an email to ChildInjuryPrevention@columbus.gov. Also, The City of Columbus has partnered with Columbus Fire to offer free gun locks. These gun locks are available to any Columbus resident, no questions asked, at all Columbus fire stations between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

If you suspect a youth is thinking about ending their life, get help! Call the Franklin County Suicide Prevention Line at (614) 221-5445 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. If you need help immediately, dial 911.

Additional resources include:

24-Hour Teen Suicide Hotline - (614) 294-3300

Franklin County Youth Psychiatric Crisis Line:

Call (614) 722-1800 for youth and adolescents ages 17 and under

Teen Crisis Line - Text “4hope” to 741-741

COVID-19 Resources

FCCS has compiled information about resources available to the Franklin County community during the COVID-19 pandemic on our COVID-19 Resources webpage. There are resources for caring for children in case of illness, accessing testing and parenting tips. You’ll also find information on mental health, child care, education, recipes and more. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for frequent updates on resources available in the community.

This is also a time when concerns about child abuse and neglect have increased and the attention of the community is needed to keep children safe. Check in with families, and if you suspect child abuse or neglect are occurring, contact our 24-hour hotline at (614) 229-7000.

New Inspiring Job Opportunity

Franklin County Children Services (FCCS), Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and the National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP) have partnered to start a peer parenting program. NYAP is currently looking to hire a Peer Parent Mentor as part of this program. This position offers a unique opportunity for an individual with first-hand experience to provide mentoring to clients whose children have an open case with FCCS. For more information click Peer Parent Mentor Job Opportunity.

Events & Campaigns

  • May - National Foster Care Month
    National Foster Care Month is the time to recognize the hundreds of thousands of children who need temporary loving homes. To learn about becoming a foster parent in Franklin County visit fostercare.fccs.us or call 614-275-2711.
  • May - Mental Health Awareness Month
    National Mental Health Awareness month is a time to raise awareness about those living with mental health challenges and to help reduce the stigma many experience because of it. For more information visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

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