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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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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May
28
Foster graduates celebrate their dreams next week

High school can be tough. So can foster care. Graduating from high school while in foster care is so tough that less than 40 percent of children in foster care make it. Next Thursday, June 6, more than 50 children …

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Apr
15
Partnership yields new videos

Our agency works to find homes for children in agency care through our website, HCKids.org, as well as social media, and special events. Another way we help spread the word is through a partnership with Grant Me Hope. Grant Me …

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Apr
10
We wore blue today to raise awareness of child abuse

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, we wear blue to show our support for awareness. Thanks to everyone who waved and honked during our group photo this morning. 

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Apr
05
Ohio House recognizes Children’s Services section

The Ohio House of Representatives recently recognized our agency’s Children’s Services section. The house issued a proclamation honoring the section being named Agency of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers, Ohio Chapter.   The Ohio Chapter of the …

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Mar
11
Author and actor donates books and toys to foster kids

New York-based author and actor Brandon T. Snider was back in his hometown of Cincinnati recently when a video of a child in foster care caught his eye. “Makayla had such a bright, curious spirit. She was bursting with energy …

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Mar
07
Foster Parents, don’t forget about our photo tool

Foster parents and kinship parents: Don’t forget that JFS has a tool to collect pictures of children so we can document their life in life books. The tool provides a safe and secure way for you to upload photos that …

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Feb
26
Health fair for foster children

The Higher Education Mentoring Initiative (HEMI) is hosting a health and wellness fair for Hamilton County foster youth in high school and beyond.  The fair will be held in the UC Campus Recreation Center on Saturday, March 9, from 11 …

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