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.

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.

Latest Issue of Connects E-News

The January 2017 issue of Connects E-News is here! Features include: Mentor Urges Others to Take a Chance, Thank You #WishGranters and Youth Complete Rites of Passage.

Click here to read it: 

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.

January is National Mentoring Month

Now in its fifteenth year, National Mentoring Month recognizes the importance of individuals who make a connection with youth and inspire them to create bright futures for themselves. According to mentoring.org, with a mentor, at-risk youth are:

  • 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school
  • 55% more likely to be enrolled in college
  • 46% less likely than their peers to start using drugs

Mentors are especially important to children served by Franklin County Children Services because they offer individual care and attention to youth who have endured difficult circumstances. These adults serve as positive role models and help guide youth toward successful lives, once youth have left the child welfare system.

Volunteers are needed! Click here to learn more about FCCS’s volunteering and mentoring programs.


Events & Campaigns

  • January - National Mentoring Month
    National Mentoring Month is a time for recognizing the importance of mentors and their ability to positively impact young lives.
  • 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.

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