Children's Day at COSI
Join us for Children's Day at COSI on Sept. 25 from 5-9 p.m. Children and families involved with FCCS will receive free admission, while a reduced rate for general admission is available to the public. Enjoy local musicians, take part in prize drawings and shake hands with local mascots, including Brutus Buckeye and FCCS's own Ted D. Bear. Click here to learn more:
September is Kinship Care Month
September is Kinship Care Month, a time for recognizing the value of placing children with relatives or others who are familiar to them, when out-of-home placement is necessary. It’s also a time for celebrating the kin families who support these children. Click here to learn about FCCS's Kinship program:
Volunteers and Mentors Needed
Franklin County Children Services' volunteers and mentors are everyday heroes in the lives of our youth. For information about FCCS volunteers and mentors click here or call (614) 275-2690.
Connects E News is Here
The latest issue of Connects E-News is here. Features include: Come to FCCS's FamJam @ Mayor Coleman's Neighborhood Pride Block Party, FCCS UNCF Walk Team Will Help Send a Youth to College and Adoption Picnic Brings Joy and the Hope of Family.
Safe Havens for Infants
If you find yourself in a crisis situation with a newborn baby that you are unable to care for, there is an option that will protect the infant and protect your identity. Click on the link below to learn more:
FCCS's FamJam at Mayor Coleman's Neighborhood Pride Block Party
A record 12,000 attended FCCS’s FamJam @ Mayor Coleman’s Neighborhood Pride Block Party on August 29. Everyone enjoyed the fun activities, free food, live entertainment and community information booths. The opening ceremony featured a welcome from Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott, Columbus City Council President Andrew Ginther, Council Member Shannon Hardin and FCCS Communications Director Deborrha Armstrong. WBNS-10TV Anchor Jeff Hogan and former Miss Ohio Supra National Alitzah Evans served as emcees.
During the family enrichment festival, more than 80 vendors shared information and resources with the public. The community was also able to meet representatives from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Columbus Division of Police and Columbus Division of Fire, as well as tour their vehicles.
Refreshments were provided by the Sunny95 Treat Truck, Whit's Frozen Custard, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and a host of other donors who contributed hot dogs and snacks.
Local groups provided entertainment on the main stage. Youth groups were featured including the City of Columbus Recycle Band, Lungu Vybz Reggae, the Millennium School Drumline and Little Rocket Cheer Team and the Ohio Avenue Elementary School Steel Band. There were also performances by XClaim Dance and Hosea's State of Mind.
Children who attended the event were treated to free carousel rides, bounce houses, karaoke, a climbing wall and face painting. They were also able to mingle with mascots including FCCS's own Ted D. Bear, Brutus Buckeye and more.
September 25 - Children's Day at COSI
5 to 9 p.m.
COSI (333 W. Broad St.)
At FCCS's annual Children's Day celebration at COSI, children and families involved with FCCS will receive free admission to COSI exhibits, while a reduced rate for general admission is available to the public. Join us to enjoy local musicians, take part in prize drawings and shake hands with local mascots, including Brutus Buckeye and FCCS's own Ted D. Bear. Click here for more information.
September 26 - Girls Self-Esteem Workshop
FCCS and its Citizens Advisory Committee will hold a workshop for young women involved with the agency. This workshop is designed to promote confidence and self-esteem and will include presentations, a panel discussion and health and beauty tips.