Volunteers and Mentors Needed
Franklin County Children Services' volunteers and mentors are everyday heroes in the lives of our youth. For information on volunteering with FCCS call (614) 275-2690 or click on the link below.
The ABCs of Safe Sleep
Keep your baby safe! Watch this public service announcement presented by FCCS and the City of Columbus to learn how to help your baby sleep safely.
Leaving a Child at Home Alone
Many parents wrestle with whether or not it's safe to leave a child alone at home. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (US DHHS) offers some guidelines concerning this issue. Click on the link below to learn more.
Check out Connects E-News!
The latest issue of our Connects E-Newsletter is here! Featured articles include: Community Partner Spotlight: COVA, Prevalence of Child Abuse in Franklin County and Meet Citizens Advisory Committee Member Elon Simms.
Check Out Accent on Kids
The Winter 2015 edition of Accent on Kids is now available. Features include: Help Children Through Holiday Wish, New Reeb Center Assists Families and Agency Youth Finds Healing Through Art.
Prevalence of Child Abuse in Franklin County
In 2015, Franklin County Children Services served 32,659 children. The agency received 31,729 referrals of child abuse and screened in 13,697 cases of child abuse. The types of child abuse vary and include physical, emotional, sexual and dependency. The agency publishes a Prevalence of Abuse statistics page with a two-year comparison each year. Click here to see the latest version.
Child abuse and neglect often occur in families under stress or in the middle of a crisis. Parents and other caregivers are sometimes overwhelmed by pressure and may not be able to cope with personal, financial or marital problems. Drug and alcohol use may trigger abusive or neglectful behavior. In addition, there is a growing correlation between domestic violence and child abuse.
Franklin County Children Services is mandated by law to investigate reports of child abuse and neglect. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, call the FCCS 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at (614) 229-7000.
March - National Social Work Month
National Social Work Month is a time for increasing public awareness and knowledge of the profession of social work and its impact on society. Click here to learn more about social work at FCCS.
March 23 - College Care Package Assembly
FCCS is collecting donations for care packages for agency youth who are in college. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Franklin County Children Services, 855 W. Mound Street by March 22. Please contact the FCCS Volunteer Department at (614) 275-2690 for more information. Suggested donations include: snacks (microwave popcorn, gum, granola bars, cheese or peanut butter crackers, pretzels, ramen noodles, powdered drink mixes); toiletries (tissues, bar soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo); school supplies (notebook paper, pens, pencils, highlighters, flash drives); miscellaneous items (shower caddies, flip-flops, cell phone cards, new towels, new sheets, laundry supplies).
April - Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is a time to raise awareness about child abuse. If you suspect a child is being abused, call the 24-Hour Child Abuse Hotline at (614) 229-7000. Click here to learn more about Child Abuse Prevention Month.
April 13 - Child Abuse Prevention Breakfast
The Boat House at Confluence Park
679 West Spring Street, Columbus, OH 43215
FCCS's annual event highlights child abuse prevention and the accomplishments of social work professionals, client families, youth and community advocates. Also, college scholarships are awarded to agency youth. For more information, call (614) 275-2520. Click here to view photos from the 2015 Child Abuse Prevention Breakfast.
April 13 - Wear Blue Day
FCCS will participate in the statewide Wear Blue Day campaign to support the prevention of child abuse. Wear blue on April 13, take a photo of yourself or your group and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and you may see your photo featured on our Facebook page. Click here or call (614) 341-6017 to learn more about this event. #OhioWearsBlue