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 October issue of Connects E-News is here! Features include: Art Showcases Talents, Struggles and Triumphs of Youth; Community Partner Spotlight: MAX Interpersonal Career Coaching and Families Delight in Children's Day.

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.

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

  • Now through December - Holiday Wish
    855 W. Mound Street
    For more than 50 years, Holiday Wish has provided gifts to children under the care of FCCS who might not otherwise receive them. Join us in helping make wishes come true! For more information or to donate:
  • November - National Adoption Month
    National Adoption Month is a time to focus on the children in foster care who are waiting for a permanent family. Locally, Adoption Day is held on November 17. On this day, the adoptions of several children under FCCS care will be finalized at Franklin County Probate Court. Click here to view a searchable list of FCCS adoptable kids.
  • November 21 - National Family Week Celebration
    5 - 7 p.m.
    St. Stephen's Community House, 1500 East 17th Ave.
    This annual celebration focuses on the importance of the family and those who build community connections that strengthen families. For more information, call (614) 275-2638.

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