Franklin County Children Services provides protection, care and permanency for children who are abused, neglected or dependent.
Children Services is the public agency mandated by federal and state law to protect children and strengthen families. By being in partnership with more than 100 agencies and organizations, and with the help of over 700 employees, 400 kinship families, 300 foster parents, 200 adoptive families and 500 volunteers and mentors, the agency is committed to making sure that every child has a safe and stable home.
Each year, Franklin County Children Services helps nearly 28,000 children and their families through prevention, protection, placement and permanency programs. The agency protects and cares for children in cooperation with parents whenever possible, by providing services to alleviate the problems that led the family to the attention of Children Services. These services include:
- in home counseling and community social and mental health services;
- day treatment,
- therapeutic arts,
- emancipation and volunteer services;
- placement of children in temporary foster homes;
- and other supportive services that enable the family to maintain or resume their role of raising their children.
Children Services is regulated by statutory mandates of the state and federal governments and regulations of the Ohio Department of Human Services.
The agency is a member of the Child Welfare League of America and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children.
Franklin County Children Services is one of only a few public county children services boards in Ohio and the nation to be accredited. This accreditation means that Children Services meets rigorous national standards regarding quality of services and sound management practice.