FCCS's 2018 Report to the Community

Check out our report to the community, "Caring for Our Community's Children" to learn about FCCS's programs, activities and accomplishments during 2018.

Accent on Kids is Here!

The Spring 2018 issue of Accent on Kids is here. Featured articles include: Be a Super Hero for Child Abuse Prevention; Mentor Readies Youth for a Successful Future and Pursuing Permanency for Every Child.

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.

Latest Issue of Connects E-News

In this month's Connects E-News, you'll learn about how a program is offering 100 FCCS youth summer employment. Additional features include: FCCS Youth Appointed to Ohio Youth Advisory Board, Tips for Today: The Importance of an Active Father and Here's to the Grads!

Click here to read it:  

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.

Click here to view a public service announcement.

Click here to download a media release.

Simba Mentoring Program Celebrates 30 Years

Simba mentors gather at the 2018 Volunteer Reception.

Simba youth visit Ohio State University.

For 30 years, African-American boys have learned how to become confident, resilient, successful young men thanks to enduring relationships built through FCCS's Simba Mentoring Program. Simba matches African-American boys with African-American men in one-on-one mentoring relationships. The men provide the boys with pathways for leadership opportunities, exposure to growth prospects and community pride. Through consistent relationship building, the boys are empowered to reflect their new skills and knowledge in a positive and productive manner that demonstrates self-development and civic mindedness. Reflecting on the program's 30th anniversary, Simba Director Daryle Cobb said: "The Simba Program has provided encouragement, support and vision to young men in central Ohio. The success of the program is due to the tremendous commitment and dedication from our outstanding volunteers throughout the years."

Simba currently has 62 mentors, but more are needed to give the youth served by FCCS much needed direction and support. Click here to learn how you can become part of Simba.

Events & Campaigns

  • August 4 - 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 or click here.
  • August 11 - African-American Male Wellness Walk
    7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Livingston Park
    732 E. Livingston Ave.
    FCCS is co-sponsoring the 14th annual walk/run, which will also include free health screenings for the entire family. For more information visit aawalk.org, email aamwwalk@gmail.com or call (614) 754-7511.

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