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.

Accent on Kids is Here!

The Spring 2019 issue of Accent on Kids is here. Featured articles include: Social Work Elevates, Bridging the Gap for Youth Aging Out of Care, Therapy Dogs Help Children Heal, and more.

FCCS's 2018 Report to the Community

Check out our report to the community, "Making a Difference" to learn about FCCS's programs, activities and accomplishments during 2018.

We're Hiring!

Franklin County Children Services is looking for child welfare caseworkers who are up to the challenge of building stable and supportive living settings for young people, strengthening family life, and assisting parents in meeting their responsibilities to their children. Visit the employment page for more information on this and other job openings.

Latest Issue of Connects E-News

In this issue, you'll learn about: educating children and families about opioid abuse; FCCS youth awarded scholarships; becoming a foster parent; and an honor for partnerships. 

May is National Foster Care Month

Hundreds of children in Franklin County are waiting for a foster family. These are children who, through no fault of their own, are in need of a safe and loving home. While the number of children in need of foster care continues to rise, the number of available foster homes has not. Foster homes for older children are particularly needed. 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 …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.


Events & Campaigns

  • May - National Foster Care Month
    Nationwide, there are more than 400,000 youth currently in foster care. Currently, there are more than 300 youth in Franklin County who are in need of loving foster homes. Click here to learn more about foster care, as well as how to become a foster parent.
  • June 15 - Fishing with Dad
    10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Schiller Park
    1069 Jager Street

    Sponsored by the Columbus Urban League's African-American Male Initiative and FCCS, the event offers dads and their children the opportunity to spend the day together having fun. Free fishing gear is available while supplies last. Visit for more information.
  • August 17 - FCCS and Mayor Andrew Ginther's FamJam
    10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Columbus Commons
    160 S. High Street

    Franklin County Children Services and the city of Columbus invite you to a free, family enrichment festival at the Columbus Commons. 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.

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24-Hour Child Abuse Hotline
(614) 229-7000
General Inquiries
(614) 229-7100