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.

Resources in Our Community

Need help? Check out our list of resources available in your community. You can also view and print our 2016 Resource Guide.


Learn about the resources available to families in their own neighborhoods through the FCCS's Family-to-Family program:

Never Leave a Child Alone in a Car!

A car can be an extremely dangerous place for a child who has been left alone, even if only for a few minutes. Check out this parenting tip!

Latest Issue of Connects E-News

The July issue of Connects E-News is here! Features include: New Law Extends Foster Care, Come to FCCS's FamJam and FCCS Youth Spends Three Days on Capitol Hill.

Volunteers and Mentors are Needed for FCCS Youth

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 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.

Click here to learn more about volunteering opportunities at FCCS. If you’d like to inquire about becoming a volunteer or mentor, click here to submit an inquiry form, contact the FCCS Volunteer Department at (614) 275-2690 or email

Events & Campaigns

  • 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 27 - Empowerment Day Job and Resource Fair
    11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    The 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 for more information.
  • August 13 - African-American Male Wellness Walk
    7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Livingston Park (760 Livingston Avenue)

    FCCS is co-sponsoring the annual walk/run, which will also include free health screenings for the entire family. For more information, visit, email or call (614) 754-7511.
  • August 27 - FCCS and Mayor Andrew Ginther's FamJam
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Genoa Park
    303 W. Broad Street

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

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