Aug
13
Annual Report Released

HCJFS serves more than a third of Hamilton County Residents.

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Jun
17
A Special Kind of Party: Foster Youth Overcome Great Obstacles to Graduate

The theme for this year’s Celebration of Dreams event – movie stars — is fitting for 43 Hamilton County foster teens who have had to overcome challenging situations to graduate high school. They’ve just completed a starring role in one movie and they’re moving on to another.

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Sep
11
Mom + Dad + Five = The Goede Forever Family

Carmen and Michael Goede talked about how many kids they might like. Two, they thought, maybe three. They got five. And officially adopted them all on Tuesday. “They’re already our kids,” Mr. Geode said before the adoption hearing. “So this …

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Aug
07
Please Help: What Else Can We Do To Help Jason Find A Family?

This is Jason. He’s 13, a really nice kid. Great smile. He’s good at art and a bit of a comic book nerd. He used his own money to buy a book to read to the baby in his foster …

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Jul
30
Interested In One of Our Kids? Feel Free to Ask Questions

If you have an approved home study and have ever requested information about one of our kids who’s available for adoption, you know that the child’s profile we send back can contain some potentially intimidating stuff. One of our boys’ …

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Jul
30
Fostering Success: Karen White’s Story

She couldn’t get the pictures and stories she saw on the news out of her mind. A 3-year-old killed by his mother’s boyfriend. Marcus Fiesel locked in a closet and left for dead. Karen White kept asking herself, What can I …

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Jun
23
Help foster kids finish school

Recruitment is under way for mentors to get involved in a unique partnership that helps foster children aging out of the system to finish high school and college. The Higher Education Mentoring Initiative (HEMI) – a partnership represented by the …

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Jun
05
Success Story: Sasha’s Officially Their ‘Baby Girl!’

All week, Maleek, 5, has been asking, “When are we adopting my sister Sasha?” Tuesday, he got a happy answer. Dianna and Shakawan Mohammad finalized the adoption of 3-year old Sasha, celebrating the wonderful day with the whole family present. Dianna and …

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Jun
03
Good Kid, Good Mom Now A High School Graduate

Thia Watkins doesn’t see what she did as that big of a deal. She had a baby at 15 and went into foster care 1 1/2 hours away from Cincinnati with her newborn daughter, Leiyah. She stayed in school, raised …

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May
13
And Brayden Makes Seven…

When Leah and Michael Sharpshair got married, she thought maybe they’d have three or four children. They had five. Now, plus two. The Liberty Township family finalized their adoption of Brayden, 11 months, today. He follows his brother Colton, who …

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