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Franklin County Partnership Strengthens Government Transparency, Access to Records

from Commissioners

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners in partnership with the Franklin County Auditor are enhancing the public's access to information through an electronic record project dubbed Citizen Transparency, which makes millions of financial records available online in a safe, secure and easily searchable system.

The new system provides any member of the public with immediate access to current information and historical data on the County's revenues and expenditures, including payroll.

Holiday Wish

from Children Services

For more than 50 years, Holiday Wish has brought gifts to children served by Franklin County Children Services. Each year, the central Ohio community provides gifts for more than 5,500 children who may have experienced abuse, neglect or other difficult home conditions. In some cases, these are the only gifts that these children will receive all year. You can help make the holidays special by participating in several ways:

  • Sponsor one or more young children at $40 each
  • Sponsor one or more older youth at $50 each
  • Make a monetary donation of any amount to sponsor any youth online by clicking here. You can also write a check to Franklin County Children Services Children's Fund and send it to Holiday Wish at 855 W. Mound Street, Columbus Ohio 43223
  • Donate new, unwrapped toys of any kind. Click here for a list of popular items.
  • Request a speaker to give a presentation about Holiday Wish at your next event. Click here to submit your request.

Click here for more information about Holiday Wish.

Franklin County Dog Shelter Salutes Veterans

from Animal Care & Control

This month the Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center honors all veterans with a special program in recognition of their service to our country. During November, the Shelter will waive the adoption fee for all veterans who want to adopt a dog. Veterans will only be charged $18 for the dog license.

Owning a dog has significant health benefits, including reducing stress, anxiety and depression. It is the hope of the Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center that the healing ability of the dog might benefit the veteran, and also provide a home for a dog in need.

Click here to search for available dogs to adopt.

November is National Adoption Month

from Children Services

November is National Adoption Month, a time for focusing on the children in foster care who are in need of forever families. There is a particular need for families who are willing to provide loving homes and permanent connections for older youth, many between the ages of 15 and 18. Adolescence is a time when children are looking for the support and guidance of loving, caring adults who are willing to help them establish and achieve their goals in a stable environment. Youth in foster care seek these connections, as well as a sense of belonging. Click here to learn about the Adoption program at Franklin County Children Services, as well as review a searchable list of children who are available for adoption

Locally, National Adoption Day is celebrated on November 19. On this day, several adoptions will be finalized at Franklin County Probate Court. Visit our Facebook page to see photos from the event.

FCCS Connects E-News

from Children Services

The Franklin County Children Services Connects E-News is here! The latest issue of our e-newsletter features:

  • National Adoption Month;
  • FCCS's Holiday Wish Program; and
  • Tips for Soothing Crying Babies.

Click here to read the November 2015 Connects E-News.


from Job and Family Services

This is a 15-week youth workforce development program that focuses on introducing high school students to career pathways and occupations in the field of technology, including computer programming, software engineering, robotics and app development.

One hundred TANF-eligible youth (ages 14-18) will be able to participate in this program. There will be four groups of 25 students located at either Whitehall Yearling High School or South Western Career Academy.

Click here for more information about this program or contact TECHS CORPS by calling 614-583-9211.

Adopt a Senior Dog Month

from Animal Care & Control

Looking for a wonderful companion who's an easy keeper? Take a look at some of the "senior" dogs age 5 and older at the Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center. Special Adoption Price: $50 during November!

Mature pets have many advantages! They are usually already trained, housebroken, with nice manners and a loving personality. Exercise needs are typically less than most younger dogs or puppies. Seniors ask for so little, and give back so much.

Click here to search for senior dogs available for adoption.

FCCS Accent on Kids

from Children Services

The Winter 2015 edition of Franklin County Children Services Accent on Kids is now available. Features include:

  • Help Children Through Holiday Wish;
  • New Reeb Center Assists Families; and
  • Agency Youth Finds Healing Through Art.

Click here to read the Accent on Kids Winter 2015 edition.

Current Construction Projects and Road Improvement Updates

from Engineer

Visit the Franklin County Engineer's Office website to find out the status of current road improvements occuring in Franklin County.