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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Dec
01
The season of thanks

  ‘Tis the season of giving, and our agency could not be more grateful. I could not list all of the people who help our children during the holidays or throughout the year. I write a lot of thank you …

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Nov
03
Kinship families provide a lifeline

 One of the key components of our child welfare system are kinship providers who are willing to take in abused and neglected children so they can keep a bond with someone familiar with them. Just as I recently praised the …

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Sep
28
Manufacturing training is a path to opportunity in Hamilton County

We run a one-stop employment center in Hamilton County and people often ask me what career fields are the most promising.

Of course information technology, truck driving and health care are at the top of the list, but I increasingly point to an old staple for the US economy: manufacturing.

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Aug
31
Foster care providers and families crucial to our mission

 Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has added his voice to the many calling for additional foster parents as our state struggles with an opioid epidemic. We appreciate his interest in helping us continue to increase the network of foster homes …

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Jul
31
“Support” means more than money when it comes to children

When the public discusses child support, especially pertaining to our agency, it almost always means the monetary support a non-custodial parent pays to the child. When we discuss it internally, we like to broaden the definition to include family/parent engagement. …

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Jul
05
Food assistance – the most important tool in battling poverty

 Have you ever been in a position where you were unsure if you could feed your children? Fortunately, I have not. I cannot imagine how scary that would be. I can’t imagine the heartache of seeing hungry children look to …

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May
30
Dreams Come True with High School Graduation

June is the month we hold our agency’s signature event – Celebration of Dreams – which is our biggest event of the year. On June 8, we will recognize nearly 50 wonderful foster children who have overcome great challenges to …

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May
01
Can You Help? Local Children, Senior Citizens Need Guardians

In our work, we experience a lot of things that break your heart. One of the most recent for me was hearing of our need for guardians for the people we serve who are in different stages of life.

Young adults we serve who live with disabilities are often unable to make life and medical decisions for themselves when they age out of our child welfare system at 21. The same is true of senior citizens (over age 60) in our Adult Protective Services program who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. If there are no family members to help, these individuals require legal guardians.

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Apr
03
From the Director: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This year, it comes with an extra sense of urgency in Hamilton County.
Our numbers are skyrocketing. We screened in 732 allegations of child abuse in the month of January, the largest monthly total in at least a decade. We screened in 699 reports during February. This followed a very busy last half of 2016, when we screened in 3,794 reports, 1,101 more than during the first half of the year.

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