Oct
01
Working urgently toward adoption for 400 children

 For most of my 11 years as director, whenever anyone asked how many children we had awaiting adoption, the answer was “about 200.” Sad to say, that answer has changed to “about 400.” The numbers have gradually climbed over the …

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Aug
31
Helping families in their time of need

It isn’t the kind of news that grabs big headlines. Still, it is meaningful to the Hamilton County families we serve. Our agency, at the U.S. Food and Nutrition Service’s Midwest Partners for Program Improvement Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, …

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Jul
31
Changes coming to child support laws

It is National Child Support month and a good time to talk about changes coming to the child support system. A series of changes to Ohio’s child support law begin taking effect next year: The economic tables used to calculate …

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Jun
29
Supporting fathers key to our work

We serve a lot of fathers in the programs throughout our agency. We assist them in feeding their children, help them acquire medical care for their children, assist them in paying child support, and help them find and train for …

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Jun
01
Celebrating the perseverance of our community’s foster children

We all know how important education is for a successful life. I am proud to say more than 30 of our foster children will receive their high school diplomas this year – not an ending, but a start to building …

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May
02
Positive feedback makes our day!

 We received wonderful feedback in an email this week that I would like to share! “Hello, I couldn’t find anywhere else to submit this feedback but I REALLY wanted to. Hopefully this gets to the right person. “D. Arlinghaus is …

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Apr
02
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

I hope you will join us in our Child Abuse Prevention Month efforts this year. Child abuse prevention is a year-round focus for our agency, but April is the month set aside to really draw awareness to the problem. Sadly, …

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Feb
28
Quicker recertification process for public assistance cases

Our agency takes another step forward in customer service this month.

Food and cash assistance recipients in Hamilton County can now sign their recertification papers with an audio signature, speeding the process of completing the application.

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Feb
02
Next Step in Battling Worker Turnover

 The child welfare field has always experienced high turnover rates among frontline workers. These jobs are difficult, demanding and even dangerous. But something new is happening here in Hamilton County and around the nation. Frontline worker turnover rates are climbing. …

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Dec
27
An overdue thank you

With November being National Adoption month and the time for our annual mass adoption ceremony, and December being the month where we collect gifts and host holiday parties for the children in our care, we have had a very busy two months. But before the year is over, I do not want to forget a “thank-you” owed to the voters of Hamilton County for approving the Senior Services levy in November.

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