Gun Safety

Keep guns locked and out of reach of children. Visit our Parenting Tips page to learn about more about gun safety. 

We're Hiring!

Franklin County Children Services is hiring professionals who are dedicated to protecting children while  strengthening families. Visit the employment page for more information on this and other job openings.

Latest Issue of Connects E-News

In this issue, you'll learn about: children awaiting Forever Families; spreading Black Girl Magic and granting Holiday Wishes; retiring Director of Communications Alison Rodgers; and Driveway Safety

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.

Grant a Holiday Wish

For more than 55 years, supportive community members have granted the wishes of children through the Holiday Wish program at Franklin County Children Services. Because of your support, these children have received more than a gift, they been given a memorable moment with their families that they will never forget. Help us provide gifts for more than 6,500 youth served by the agency and put the magic back in the holidays for our families.Thankfully all the wish lists of children under agency care have been fulfilled this year. But you can still help by donating any new toy, a gift card or cash.

Toys can be dropped off at Holiday Wish at 855 W. Mound St, Columbus, OH 43223 now through December 23. Gift Cards for businesses like Walmart, Target, or grocery stores (to provide family meals) can be sent to this address as well.  You can MAKE A MONETARY DONATION. Purchases can also be made the Holiday Wish Amazon Wish List.

Holiday Wish also believes all children should receive gifts that reflect their culture and celebrate their uniqueness. Since its inception, the program has struggled with meeting the diverse needs of the children we serve, particularly our African-American girls between the ages of 8 and 11. We are accepting donations of culturally specific gifts through in person donations and purchases made through the Black Girl Magic Amazon Wish List and sent to our location. Cash donations can also be made through our website. Place “Black Girl Magic” in the comments field. Learn more about Black Girl Magic.

Visit the Holiday Wish webpage or call (614) 275-2525 for more information.

 

COVID-19 Resources

FCCS has compiled information about resources available to the Franklin County community during the COVID-19 pandemic on our COVID-19 Resources webpage. There are resources for caring for children in case of illness, accessing testing and parenting tips. You’ll also find information on mental health, child care, education, recipes and more. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for frequent updates on resources available in the community.

This is also a time when concerns about child abuse and neglect have increased and the attention of the community is needed to keep children safe. Check in with families, and if you suspect child abuse or neglect are occurring, contact our 24-hour hotline at (614) 229-7000.

Events & Campaigns

  • December 11 - Black Girl Magic Event
    2-4 p.m.
    The Five Party and Event Center
    4977 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Westerville, OH 43081
    Help FCCS provide culturally-specific gifts that celebrate the unique identities of the children of color whom we serve. Drop off your gift at the Black Girl Magic Toy Drive on December 11. You can also visit Amazon.com to purchase items from our Black Girl Magic Wish List. Click here to learn more.
  • January - National Mentoring Month
    National Mentoring Month is a time for recognizing the importance of mentors and their ability to positively impact young lives. Click here to learn about becoming a mentor or volunteering with children involved with FCCS.

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