Events and Campaigns
Franklin County Children Services coordinates many campaigns and events to spread the word about protecting children by strengthening families. In many of these, we collaborate with community partners to make a difference in the lives of all children. Children Services works with corporations, businesses, organizations and individuals in an effort to prevent child abuse and neglect and to provide opportunities for children.
Social Work Month
Franklin County Children Services hosts various events during the month of March to honor those who make a difference in the lives of thousands of children and families.
Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is a time to raise awareness about child abuse. If you suspect a child is being abused, call the FCCS 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at (614) 229-7000. FCCS participates in several events during this month to educate the public about child abuse prevention, including Wear Blue Day. Click here to view photos from Wear Blue Day 2017.
Child Abuse Prevention Breakfast
This annual event highlights child abuse prevention and the accomplishments of social work professionals, client families, youth and community advocates. Also, college scholarships are awarded to agency youth. Click here to view photos from the 2017 Child Abuse Prevention Breakfast.
Volunteer Recognition Reception
Each year FCCS recognizes the outstanding work of our volunteers and mentors who spend time one-on-one with children in need of positive role models. Click here to view photos from the 2017 Volunteer Recognition Reception.
Each August Franklin County Children Services presents FamJam - A Family Enrichment Festival. The event features fun activities, refreshments and entertainment from local acts. Families have lots of opportunities for education and fun during this day-long, kid-friendly festival. Vendors and community partners host resource booths, where families can find helpful information. Many offer games, free give-aways and activities. In addition, representatives from local agencies and safety forces are on hand to interact with the crowd. Franklin County Children Services staff provide parenting resources, as well as information about adoption and volunteer programs. The event is free and open to the public.
Girls and Boys Self-Esteem Workshops
Girls and boys ages 13 to 18, who are involved with Children Services are invited to participate in these annual gender-specific workshops, sponsored by FCCS's Citizens Advisory Committee. Sessions focus on building self-esteem and life skills to promote positive self-images and independence.
Children's Day at COSI
Each year in September, families from all over Franklin County discover the fun of science at Franklin County Children Services' Children's Day at COSI. Admission is free to FCCS familes, while general admission is available to the public at a reduced rate. In addition to the COSI exhibits, the event features prize drawings, stage performances from local entertainers and visits with local mascots. Click here to view photos from the most recent event.
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. FCCS marks this occasion by co-sponsoring an annual conference for kinship providers and teens served by our agency with the Ohio Grandparent/Kinship Coalition. Those who attend receive helpful resources and information from speakers.
National Family Week
National Family Week is a celebration held in November that embraces the premise that children's lives are better when their families are strong. In addition to honoring families, community leaders also receive special recognition for their advocacy and support of families at a celebration reception.
National Adoption Month
November is National Adoption Month which highlights the need for more families to welcome adoptable children into their homes.
National Adoption Day
National Adoption Day is celebrated across the country as an occasion for recognizing and promoting the need for adoptive families. The adoptions of several children are finalized on this date, thanks to the volunteer efforts of lawyers, foster care and adoption professionals, child advocates and local judges. FCCS marks the occasion with a celebration for the adoptees and their families.
For more than 50 years, Holiday Wish has been providing gifts to children in Franklin County who might otherwise not receive anything thanks to donations from corporations, groups and individuals. More than 6,000 children who have experienced abuse, neglect or other difficult home conditions count on the continued generosity of the community to make their holidays joyous each year. Please consider helping to make these children's holiday wishes come true by supporting Holiday Wish.