Speakers & Presentations

As a community service, professionals from Franklin County Children Services are available to speak to local groups, schools and organizations. (Currently FCCS is only accepting requests for virtual speaking engagements. In person presentations will resume when possible.) Presentations can be designed to fit a group's program needs. A literature display table can also be customized for your event and may include:

  • Adoption, foster care and volunteer brochures
  • Children Services literature and brochures
  • Parenting tips in English, Spanish and Somali

Ted D BearCall (614) 275-2780 or email. Please allow 2-3 weeks notice.

To request a speaker, click here.

Speaking Topics include:

  • Preventing child abuse and neglect
  • Legal mandates for reporting child abuse
  • Success stories in child protection
  • Foster care basics
  • Adoption basics
  • Volunteer/mentoring services

Ted D. Bear

Due to COVID-19, Ted D. Bear will not make personal appearances for the present time-being.

The agency's mascot, Ted D. Bear, is also available to bring the message that child abuse is unbearable to the community. To schedule a Ted D. Bear appearance, call (614) 275-2780 or email. Please allow two to three weeks notice.

Franklin County Children Services also offers a coloring and activity book featuring Ted D. Bear. This book is a fun way to teach children how to stay safe. Download Child Abuse is Unbearable Coloring Book.

Mandated Reporters

FCCS offers training for professionals who are mandated to report abuse or neglect at its 855 W. Mound St. office each quarter. Some professionals are mandated by law to report child abuse and neglect. These mandated reporters include teachers, daycare staff, social workers, school personnel, physicians, dentists, nurses, psychologists, coroners and attorneys.

The two-hour virtual training, which is held via Microsoft Teams, covers how to make a referral, what will happen after the referral is made, and what services are available to children and families. Training certificates of completion (no licensure) will be provided to those who attend the entire session. Click here to register for mandated reporter training.


24-Hour Child Abuse Hotline
(614) 229-7000
General Inquiries
(614) 229-7100