May
10
County helps kin care for children through new monthly stipend

Hamilton County grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives who care for children in JFS custody will receive financial assistance from the county under a new program launching this month. Hamilton County Job and Family Services created a kinship stipend program …

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Apr
26
Fatherhood Collaborative gets noticed

This year, HCJFS helped re-launch the Fatherhood Collaborative of Hamilton County. Recently, Local 12 – WKRC took notice and filed this report on the effort and one of the fathers involved. 

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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
20
Job and Family Services Planning Committee to meet March 29

Hamilton County’s Job and Family Services Planning Committee will meet Friday, March 29 at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at 222 E. Central Parkway in Room 6SE701.

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Mar
04
Transforming child welfare in the 21st Century

 Later this month, a group of child welfare leaders from around the nation will meet in Arlington, Va., to discuss a vision for the 21st Century Child Welfare System. I am very excited to have received an invite to that, …

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Dec
26
Foster family in need of van

The Cincinnati Enquirer has profiled a foster family in need of assistance as part of its Wish List series. The Freeman family has fostered 68 children at one time or another and needs a van to carry on their work.  …

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Nov
01
Information about the Children’s Services Levy (Issue #9)

I have been asked a lot about the Children’s Services levy that is on the ballot Tuesday. While I do my best to answer them in person, I thought it might be more helpful to have a Question and Answer …

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Oct
01
Working urgently toward adoption for 400 children

 For most of my 11 years as director, whenever anyone asked how many children we had awaiting adoption, the answer was “about 200.” Sad to say, that answer has changed to “about 400.” The numbers have gradually climbed over the …

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Oct
01
Adult protection laws recently changed

Law changes impacting the Adult Protective Services (APS) took effect recently. In addition to notable law changes such as changing the definition of exploitation and adding to the list of mandatory reporters addressed in a recent OJFSDA Update,

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