Dec
31
Grateful for Our Community

What a wonderful holiday season we had here at JFS! It seems every year we see growth in the number of people who take a special interest in our children this time of year and do all they can to …

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Nov
03
Adoption Day to Provide a Fairy-Tale Ending for 10 Children

November 21 is the big day this year. For 10 local children, Christmas will come a month early. This is the day of our mass adoption ceremony in Hamilton County’s Probate Court. Judge James Cissell will preside and six families …

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Jul
29
Discussion to Extend Foster Care Support to Age 21 Includes Legislators, Public & Private Supporters, Youth

MORE THAN 120 SCHEDULED TO ATTEND SOUTHWEST “OHIO FOSTERING CONNECTIONS” FORUM TOMORROW Public Policy Discussion to Extend Foster Care Support to Age 21 Includes Legislators, Public & Private Supporters, Youth When:                        Wednesday, July 30, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon Issue …

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Jul
11
Help Available for Parents at End of Rope

I was glad to help on this story by The Cincinnati Enquirer‘s Krista Ramsey, but I realize it is a tough thing for most to swallow. What parent would give up on raising their own child? Sometimes the motives are …

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Jun
17
Exciting Time for Foster Youth Who are Graduating

Tomorrow night is our annual Celebration of Dreams event, where we honor all of the foster youth in our care who graduated this year. It is always a wonderful event and often the only graduation party many of them will …

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Mar
04
Learn About Adoption in Hamilton County

As part of Hamilton County Job and Family Services’ many duties, the agency is constantly looking for loving, devoted and supportive families willing to adopt a child from foster care. Not every child in foster care is available for adoption, …

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Feb
10
JFS has a Widespread Impact on the Local Economy

Below is my column from our recent Update newsletter. If you are not receiving our newsletter, please visit our website, hcjfs.org, and find the sign up form under the Public header. It is a good way to keep up on …

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Nov
05
Adoption Ceremony May Put a Lump in Your Throat

I am getting excited about our upcoming mass adoption ceremony on Nov. 22. We hold it every year to celebrate National Adoption Day and it always results in an emotional validation of the work we do here at JFS. When …

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May
03
Changes Coming to Children’s Services

Below is my recent Update newsletter column on changes coming to Children’s Services. You can read more news at JFS by subscribing to Update here.   Some of you may have read that the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners …

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Mar
23
JFS Consumers Getting Speedier Service

The most recent round of state statistics on county processing times show Hamilton County led all metropolitan counties in processing February food stamp applications, with an 86% timeliness rate. As you will recall, we had trouble processing new applications and re-applications this …

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