Feb
16
Help US #bring40back

New statistics show that Hamilton County has more than 1,100 children in certified foster care – the most in at least 20 years. Moira Weir, director of Hamilton County Job and Family Services, is calling for help.

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Jan
31
We Need Foster Parents

We currently have more than 1,100 children in certified foster care. This might be the highest number in JFS history, certainly within the past 20 years.

On any given day, we have more than 2,100 children in custody. In addition to the 1,100 children in certified foster homes, the remaining 1,000 are children living with relatives or family friends, teenagers living on their own and preparing for life after foster care, or children living in residential centers, group homes or medical facilities.

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Dec
16
The bikes have arrived

More than 180 bikes, adorned with hand-made bright bows on the handlebars, with helmets and locks, arrived this morning on a Kroger truck from Pickaway Correctional Institution, where they were assembled by inmates. HCJFS volunteers unloaded the truck under the …

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Dec
08
Ending the year on a good note

I could never thank all of the people who help us during the holidays and throughout the rest of the year. Please know that what you do for our children always results in smiles and a little bit of normalcy and hope in what are often turbulent times in a child’s life.

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Dec
01
Dolls of a different color

This year, Georgia Frakes donated 25 dolls to Hamilton County Job & Family Services. “It’s important for kids to get dolls that look like them,” she said.

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Nov
23
Free Thanksgiving meals and health services at Fall Feast

This Thanksgiving, Cincinnatians from all walks of life will unite to experience the power of community at the 11th annual Fall Feast celebration. Guests will be served free meals, get free haircuts, receive free health checkups, coats, books and more on November 24, Thanksgiving Day, at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The entire community is invited to attend.

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Nov
18
HCJFS earns PR honors

Hamilton County Job & Family Services was well represented at Thursdays Blacksmith Awards Dinner presented by the Cincinnati Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

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Nov
10
Wearing our hearts on our (coffee) sleeves

Thanks to the following coffee shops for distributing our Adoption Month coffee sleeves.

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Nov
02
Seven families growing in Friday’s adoption ceremony

Seven families will grow Friday when 14 children are adopted as part of Hamilton County Job and Family Services’ celebration of National Adoption Month.

A mass adoption ceremony will be held in Judge Ralph Winkler’s Hamilton County Probate Court. While adoption finalizations are normally confidential, the families have agreed to publicize the Nov. 4 ceremony to help promote adoption. The ceremony, which starts at 9 a.m., will be open to the media and will be live-streamed here.

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Nov
02
Commissioners proclaim November as Adoption Month

HCJFS Director Moira Weir attended the Hamilton County Commissioners meeting on Wednesday as the commissioners proclaimed November as National Adoption Month. Weir said many of the kids in foster care are older and looking for a home. “You never outgrow …

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