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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Oct
31
Levy Money Funds Services to Abused and Neglected Children

 We are a week away from a county-wide vote on the Children’s Services Levy (Issue 53). I am asked nearly every day what the levy is and how the money is used. The levy raises funding for services to abused …

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Oct
03
Hensons bring Oliver home

Oct. 3, 2016 – When Alicia and Rob Henson adopted Oliver David Henson today, he officially joined the family that adopted his half-sister, Ella, last January. Oliver is 7 months old. Ella is 3 years old. The Hensons took Ella …

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Sep
29
Opiate crisis hurting our children the most

  We are asked a lot about the opiate crisis gripping our community. How does it play out in child welfare? Heroin has hit our “business” hard. Abuse of opiate-based painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin is also a problem. …

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Sep
27
Heroin Epidemic Straining Children Services Resources

A new report from the Public Children Services Association of Ohio shows that 50% of children taken into custody in 2015 had parental drug use and 57% of children with parental drug use had parents who use opiates (including heroin).

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Jul
28
Access to Public Assistance Cases Limited on July 29

On July 29, Hamilton County JFS staff will be unable to access many of the computer systems utilized for public assistance cases (Ohio Works First, food assistance, and Medicaid).  This is the result of a planned statewide upgrade and means …

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Jun
30
Good News Happening at JFS

We have received some good news at our agency the past month and I would like to share. I have great pride and joy in the work of my staff, so I always like to point out their success when …

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Jun
08
We’re Having a Party! Foster Youth Persevere to Achieve High School Diplomas

Nearly 40 foster youth will assume starring roles in this year’s Celebration of Dreams event that is designed to recognize their hard work and perseverance in graduating high school despite very challenging situations. The 17th annual event will feature a …

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May
31
It is Not About Where You Come From, But Where You are Going

In just a matter of days, more than 40 of our foster children will experience a celebration we hope they will cherish for the rest of their lives. On June 9, the 17th annual Celebration of Dreams event will be …

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