2013 Resource Guide now available!
the 2013 community Resource Guide is now available from FCCS online and in print...Chock full of useful family information, addresses and phone numbers, this annual publication can be used year round!...see the FCCS website under "publications" to review online or call FCCS Communications for a copy at 275-2523.
May e-newsletter from FCCS
See the latest Connects e-newsletter here and catch up on everything at FCCS
Choose Your Partner Carefully
When you choose a partner for yourself, you choose for your child, too. Your child is counting on you to make the right decision.
What is Kinship Care?
When it isn't safe for children to stay with their families, out-of-home placement with a relative or close family friend, a scenario called Kinship Care, can be the best option for children.
Signs of Abuse and Neglect
The first step in helping abused or neglected children is learning to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect.
Click the link below for information that may help you to recognize a child that needs help.
Volunteers and Mentors are Needed
for 200 Youth
Franklin County Children Services' volunteers and mentors are everyday heroes in the lives of our youth. Just by spending time with these youth, the volunteers create positive childhood memories that the youth will never forget. Many youth under the care of Children Services also depend on their volunteers or mentors to guide them through difficult times. The 500 FCCS volunteers and mentors provide one-on-one friendship to youth, donate their time in the Crisis Center or in Holiday Wish, and help children in many other ways. An individual can give support, friendship and guidance to children in the following ways:
- Friendship Volunteers - Volunteers who share time and activities on an individual basis twice a month with a child.
- Malaika and Simba Mentors - Culturally specific mentoring programs matching African American adults with African American children under FCCS care.
- College-Bound Mentors - Mentoring program for college-bound youth providing support and assistance with college preparation and ongoing needs.
- Crisis Center Volunteers - Volunteers who provide support, activities and supervision at the FCCS Crisis Center.
For more information about FCCS volunteers and mentors click here or call (614) 275-2690.
FCCS recently honored volunteers and mentors at the Volunteer Reception. Click here to see photos.
- May is National Foster Care Month
Nationwide, there are more than 400,000 youth currently in foster care. Often in foster care through no fault of their own, these youth will eventually be reunited with their families if safely possible, placed in kinship or adoptive homes, or will eventually age out of the system. Read more about National Foster Care Month and how you can advocate for kids in the child welfare system here.
FamJam and Mayor Coleman's Neighborhood Pride Block Party
Aug. 3 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Columbus Commons Park, 160 S. High St.
Franklin County Children Services and the city of Columbus invite you to a free, family enrichment festival at the city's Downtown park. FamJam will bring families together with community resources, 75 vendors and information tables, alongs with tons of fun and entertainment, and free food. Rain or shine! For more information call (614) 341-6085.