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. Download 2021 Board Meeting Dates (Updated April 21)
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2021 Franklin County Children Services Board
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Rev. Dr. Michael Bean
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Citizens Advisory Committee Chair
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Executive Director: Charles M. (Chip) Spinning
Charles M. Spinning
Chip Spinning began his position as executive director of Franklin County Children Services, one of the premier child welfare agencies in the nation, in October of 2011. Inspired by his grandmother, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease, Spinning began his community service career as an administrator for nursing homes and assisted living facilities. He was able to transfer his skills and knowledge to a wider population when he was afforded the opportunity to return to his hometown of London, Ohio, as director of Madison County Department of Job and Family Services where he worked for 11 years.
Spinning has always had a passion for child welfare and strongly believes that meeting the needs of our most vulnerable populations – particularly abused and neglected children – is a community responsibility. This has been his impetus to develop and strengthen partnerships with entities such as Franklin County Juvenile Court, the Community Shelter Board, Columbus City Schools, Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services and the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
He also serves on numerous community boards and committees including the Franklin County Opiate Action Plan Task Force and the Franklin County Commissioners Youth Homelessness Task Force.
Spinning is continuing efforts to keep FCCS at the forefront of child protection by implementing initiatives designed to sustain a strong and stable workforce and ensure family-like settings for all children in agency care. Intertwining both efforts will yield positive outcomes for children and better equip those mandated to serve them.
A graduate of Ohio University, Spinning has a bachelor’s 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.