Oct
09
Lighthouse holding reunion to celebrate 50 years

Lighthouse Youth & Family Services will celebrate 50 years of service with a reunion from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at its offices at 401 East. McMillan Street.  Past and present clients, employees, board members, volunteers and honorees …

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Sep
30
Strategy resulting in a better JFS

It is a new day at Job and Family Services. Change won’t occur overnight, but, make no mistake about it, change is underway. The JFS our staff and our consumers know now is evolving into a stronger, better organization. We …

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Aug
30
New Website Offers Resources for Ohio’s Kinship Caregivers

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has announced a new resource for grandparents and other relatives caring for children: FosterAndAdopt.jfs.ohio.gov/kinship. “Every child deserves to grow up in a safe and loving home, but there are far too …

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Aug
28
Taking care of the caretakers

Trauma can have life-long consequences.    We see the effects every day: trauma from leaving home and family, trauma from abuse or neglect, trauma from a family member’s mental illness or substance use, trauma from living in poverty.   We never …

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Aug
09
Local adoptive family featured by Good Morning America

BJ and Calena Durel’s story of adopting two girls while pregnant with twins, is making national news. The couple was featured this week on the Good Morning America website. The couple had been providing respite care (providing breaks for foster …

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Aug
01
Employers can get child support help.

Hamilton County employers are crucial to the child support process and ensuring this community’s children receive the support they need. Are you an employer with questions about calculating withholding or medical premiums? Do you want to find out about the …

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Jul
29
Two great adoption stories to end a 30-year career

Michael Willis, one of our Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters, retires next week after 20 years with Hamilton County Job and Family Services. She leaves on a great note – seven adoptions already this year. That’s seven children who had been …

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Jul
09
We are looking for teen mentees

If you know a teenager in foster care, a group home or independent living in the northern areas of Hamilton County, please let us know. We are looking for kids attending school in the Colerain, Lakota, Princeton districts or in the …

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Jul
02
Taking care of our own, so they can take care of others

A siren wailing somewhere in the night. Flashing police lights and yellow tape. The chaos of an emergency room after a big accident. A loved one being hurt or perpetrating pain. Even thinking about these scenarios can be unsettling. When …

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Jun
25
Welcome to our redesigned website

We have redesigned our website. We wanted to make the site more welcoming and easier to navigate. We’ve added more pictures and an easier to read typeface, we hope you like the changes. A recent addition to the site is the Initiatives …

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