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.

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.

Resources in Our Community

Need help? Check out our list of resources available in your community. You can also view and print our 2017 Resource Guide.

Latest Issue of Connects E-News

The January 2018 issue of Connects E-News is here! Features include: Friendship Mentors Making a Difference, Holiday Wish Thanks You for Helping 6,600 Youth and Intake Caseworker Dedicated to Child Safety.

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.

January is National Mentoring Month

National Mentoring Month is celebrated as a time to recognize the importance of mentors and their impact on the lives of young people. Mentors share their experiences and advice with youth who are planning their life’s journey. They are particularly beneficial to the youth served by Franklin County Children Services who may not have the support of positive role models due to difficult family situations.

FCCS has several mentoring programs for youth involved with the agency. They include the Friendship program which matches youth with one-on-one mentors; Simba, which matches African-American boys with African-American male mentors; Malaika, which matches African-American girls with African-American women as mentors and College-Bound which matches youth with mentors who help them prepare for higher education and career development. If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, click here or call the FCCS volunteer department at (614) 275-2690.

Thank You from Holiday Wish

Thanks to the generousity of the community, Holiday Wish has been able to provide gifts for more than 6,600 children this year. The program also raised more than $230,000 in cash donations. Schools, businesses, churches, civic organiztions and individuals came together to make this possible.  Children and families are delighted by the gifts that were received. On behalf of those whose wishes were granted, Franklin County Children Services sincerely thanks you.

Events & Campaigns

  • January 18 - Make a Difference Night
    5:30 - 7 p.m.
    855 W. Mound Street

    Join us at this casual event, during which you can learn about opportunities for making a difference by helping children and families served by Franklin County Children Services. Enjoy refreshments, prizes and inspirational stories. For more information, call (614) 275-2690.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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