Hamilton County Children’s Services works with families to help keep Hamilton County children safe.
Children’s Services operates the county’s 24-hour child abuse hotline, (513) 241-KIDS (5437), and is legally responsible for taking reports of child abuse and neglect, investigating reports and acting to protect child victims and children at risk of harm.
Children’s Services caseworkers’ primary interest is the safety of the children. When abuse or neglect is reported, trained social workers investigate the allegation. If they determine abuse or neglect has occurred, caseworkers will try to help parents or caregivers deal with the issues that have led to abuse or neglect.
If you suspect child abuse, please don’t hesitate to call (513) 241-KIDS, to report your suspicions
In some cases, Children’s Services may remain involved with a family if additional services are needed. The division works closely with both families and community partners in making decisions that affect the children. Children’s Services may also refer families to services – such as drug abuse treatment, emergency housing, mental health counseling and parent training – for additional help.
If necessary for the safety of the children, Children’s Services seeks protective temporary or permanent custody of children through Juvenile Court. Children may be placed in temporary care or relatives, foster parents or others when they cannot be safe in their own homes. In some cases, Children’s Services will provide training in independent living skills for older teens.
The Children’s Services division of Hamilton County Job and Family Services is one piece of a larger child protection system in Hamilton County including:
- Law enforcement agencies
- Hamilton County’s Prosecutor’s Office
- Hamilton County Juvenile Court
- The Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children
- Various boards and agencies