Board and Leadership
Children Services is governed by a volunteer board. Ten members are appointed by the Franklin County Commissioners, and one is the chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). The Franklin County Children Services Board provides leadership, experience, commitment and expertise to ensure that the agency is financially responsible and maintains effective programs. The Board establishes policy for the agency and directly hires the executive director, who is responsible for agency operations.
The Franklin County Children Services Board meets on the last Thursday of each month. Click here to view a list of 2017 Board Meeting Dates.
For more information, call (614) 275-2650 or click here to send an email.
2017 Franklin County Children Services Board
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Executive Director: Charles M. Spinning
Charles M. Spinning
Charles M. (Chip) Spinning has been executive director of Franklin County Children Services (FCCS) since October 2011. He leads an agency of more than 700 employees who carry out the agency's mission to provide protection and care for the county's abused and neglected children, and for some older youth with physical, mental and behavioral challenges.
Spinning has guided the agency in various initiatives to protect children, better engage families, enhance partnerships, ensure permanency for children and improve overall efficiency. This includes significantly expanding the Kinship program to provide additional support and resources to kinship caregivers. To address the varying dynamics that are bringing increasing numbers of children to the attention of the agency, Children Services has also continued expansion of its differential response program which creates two assessment tracks in the initial intake process: the traditional track for reports of severe abuse and neglect, and an alternative response for low-to-moderate risk cases. The program now has about 50 percent of the cases coming into Intake being routed to the alternative response pathway.
Another area that Spinning is working with his staff and the community to address is the issue of child well-being. That includes taking a closer look at how trauma and brain development affect outcomes for abused and neglected children. Through a federal grant, the agency will be working with other community partners to improve access to trauma screening, trauma assessments and linkage to behavioral health for children served by Children Services.
Spinning strongly believes that engaging the community in the work of child protection is very important. "The reality is that children are only involved in our system for a short period of time," he said. "Meeting the needs of our most vulnerable citizens and their families is a community responsibility. Together, we must work to keep children safe and families strong."
Spinning came to FCCS with extensive background in the field of health and human services and 11 years of experience as director of the Madison County Department of Job and Family Services. He has served as past president of the Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO), which represents the legislative interests of child welfare agencies in all Ohio counties. He is currently the chair of the Franklin County Family and Children First Council. He also serves on the Learn4Life Steering Committee, an advisory board for the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services, PCSAO, advisory boards for the Franklin County Court, Communities In Schools, and the Community Shelter Board Rebuilding Funder Collaborative. He was also a member of the Columbus Education Commission. Spinning is active in various committees that support the agency's mission of protecting children and strengthening families.
Spinning attended Ohio University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in health care and a master's degree in health care administration.
Citizens Advisory Committee
The Citizens Advisory Committee is comprised of volunteers representing diverse backgrounds within our community. All members are reviewed by application and then appointed by the Children Services Board. They are a caring group devoted to giving children connected to Children Services additional enrichment, recreation and educational opportunities. A key focus is granting requests from children in agency care for special opportunities that may not be traditionally covered by agency funds.
The FCCS Citizens Advisory Committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month.