Aug
13
Watch for #SiblingSaturday

We’ve added a lot of new sibling sets on our adoption site, HCKids.org recently. These are kids who need permanent families. So we thought to try to bring extra attention to the need for adoptive families for sibling groups, we …

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Aug
08
Food and cash assistance case information unavailable from Aug. 23 to Aug. 27

Please be aware Hamilton County Job and Family Services will begin processing all food assistance and cash assistance cases in a new computer system later this month and it will result in a temporary shutdown of service.

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Aug
06
Commissioners approve Children’s Services levy for November ballot

Today, Hamilton County’s Board of County Commissioners voted to place a 1.98-mill levy to support Children’s Services on the November ballot. This additional levy will run for three years and is intended to support the 2016 levy. An outside consultant …

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Aug
03
HCJFS recognized for processing times

Just this morning, at the FNS Midwest Partners for Program Improvement conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., Hamilton County received an award for having the highest metro county application processing timeliness for 2017 with a rate of 98.67%. This is a …

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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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Jul
27
Fatherhood Design Team looking beyond stereotypes

The HCJFS Fatherhood Design Team is an effort to understand a key part of families and sometimes misunderstood JFS client; fathers. Towards that end the team recently watched a video of a father/son retreat where men learned to connect with …

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Jul
26
Fatherhood design team continues work

The HCJFS Fatherhood Design Team met last Friday. The team of staff and community members is looking at ways the agency can better serve fathers.  The meeting began with a presentation that served as a refresher on what Design Thinking …

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Jul
24
Everyone needs undies

When children enter the foster care system they often just have the clothes on their backs. So in honor of National Underwear Day, August 5, we will be hosting a drive for one of their basic needs. August 6-10 HCJFS …

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Jul
23
We’re a pilot site for a new job incentives program

Hamilton County is one of five counties in Ohio trying out a program that pays bonuses to young adults for keeping a job. The Wage Pathway Program helps low-income, low-skilled people ages 18 to 24 find a job and keep it. The goal is to help them gain financial stability and job experience so they can take the next step to a better job and self sufficiency.

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Jul
20
Foster mom adopts sons; a growing trend in Hamilton County

Ieshia Ruffin never planned to foster or adopt children, so when she took in two young brothers, she thought it was a temporary placement.  But months turned into years, and the temporary placement turned into a forever home for Terry …

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