Check out the latest issue of our e-newsletter. Features include: FCCS Community Partner: Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services, Meet Citizens Advisory Committee Member Ani Mwalimu and Youth Learn Valuable Lessons at Life Skills Conference.
Come to FCCS's FamJam
You're invited to FCCS's FamJam @ Mayor Coleman's Neighborhood Pride Block Party, a free family-enrichment festival, on August 29 at Columbus Commons from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here to learn more:
A Family Triumphs
Learn about a mom who overcame her struggle with addiction to reunite with her children and secure a promising future for her family in the Summer Edition of Accent on Kids.
Building Brighter Futures
Learn about the many proactive and progressive ways FCCS protects our youngest children through ongoing agency-wide initiatives, events and community partnerships in our 2014 Report to the Community.
A Guide to Kinship Care
Kinship Care refers to cases where a relative or non-relative has taken over the full-time care, nurturing and protection of a child. FCCS has created a guide which lists helpful information, frequently asked questions and other resources for kinship caregivers.
Volunteers and Mentors are Needed
Franklin County Children Services' volunteers and mentors are everyday heroes in the lives of our youth. Just by spending time with these youth, the volunteers create positive childhood memories that the youth will never forget. Many youth under the care of Children Services also depend on their volunteers or mentors to guide them through difficult times. The more than 500 FCCS volunteers and mentors provide one-on-one friendship to youth, donate their time in the Crisis Center or in Holiday Wish, and help children in many other ways. An individual can give support, friendship and guidance to children in the following ways:
- Friendship Volunteers - Volunteers who share time and activities on an individual basis twice a month with a child.
- Malaika and Simba Mentors - Culturally specific mentoring programs matching African-American adults with African-American children under FCCS care.
- College-Bound Mentors - Mentoring program for college-bound youth providing support and assistance with college preparation and ongoing needs.
- Crisis Center Volunteers - Volunteers who provide support, activities and supervision at the FCCS Crisis Center.
For more information about FCCS volunteers and mentors click here or call (614) 275-2690.
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.
July 15 - Empowerment Day Job and Resource Fair
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Columbus State Conference Center (315 Cleveland Ave.)
FCCS, other government agencies and community partners will provide resources, employment information, educational opportunities and assistance with legal issues to the community during this free event. Visit support.franklincountyohio.gov for more information.
July 19-25 - Franklin County Fair
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Franklin County Fairgrounds (5035 Northwest Parkway, Hilliard)
FCCS will be in the Franklin County government tent, where we will share parenting tips and other resources with the community. For information about the fair, call (614) 876-7235 or visit www.fcfair.org.
August 29 - FCCS's FamJam at Mayor Coleman's Neighborhood Pride Block Party
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Columbus Commons (160 S. High St.)
Franklin County Children Services and the city of Columbus invite you to a free, family enrichment festival at the city's downtown 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.