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Commissioners Release 'State of the County' Report

from Commissioners

In conjunction with National County Government month, the commissioners have released their second annual State of the County report.

The report is a compendium of the many ways that the lives of Franklin County residents are touched by county government on a regular basis, as well as of the investments the commissioners have made in public safety, economic development, and environmental protection.

FCCS Launches New Version of its Website May 2

from Children Services

On May 2, FCCS is extending its reach with a brand new sleek and state of the art version of our website. The site's new, modern, mobile-responsive design, search features and user-friendly layout will attract users and enable us to spread the message of child abuse awareness and prevention further than ever before.

With the new design, each page adjusts to fit the screen size of the device on which it's being viewed, enabling PC, laptop, cell phone and tablet users to access information in the same way wherever they are.

The new design also includes a search form near the top of every page. (In mobile view, it's moved to the bottom of the page.) Users are able to search by using multiple terms and partial matches will return results (e.g. child will return items with child and children). In addition, search results will include a short text preview.

The site also features an updated color scheme and simplified site navigation, making it easier to find the information and services needed to protect children and strengthen families.

Franklin County YouthWorks Program

from Job and Family Services

Franklin County Youth Works

Franklin County's YouthWorks Program will employ more than 1,900 TANF eligible youth and young adults ages 14-24 years old. The program provides area youth with summertime work experience that pays an hourly wage of $10 and lasts 8- to 12-weeks. The program provides eligible youth an opportunity to engage in positive activities outside of school and develop important job readiness skills.

Click the link below for a list of community partnering organizations and contact information.

Clerk of Courts Auto Title NOW Surpasses 200 Installs Since Launch

from Clerk of Courts

Auto Title NOW, the first mobile application in the state of Ohio for auto title customers, surpassed 200 installs since the app's launch in March of this year. Development of this new technology began in mid-2015 with local developer MAPSYS, contracted by Franklin County. Since this app was made available on both iOS and Android, there have been no crashes reported. The app currently maintains a 5 out of 5 star rating in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

Community Partnership Grants Underscore Commissioners' Priorities

from Commissioners

The Community Partnership Program is a competitive grant process whereby the Commissioners support local community-based organizations. Proposals must demonstrate how effectively and efficiently the initiative or program aligns with the Commissioners' Core Principles.

Recorder Issues 2015 Document Imaging Center Annual Report

from Recorder

Franklin County Recorder Terry J. Brown has issued the 2015 Annual Report for the Franklin County Document Imaging Center. This report highlights the work of his staff in preserving the public record for agencies across Franklin County for future generations. This work was done at a cost savings to Franklin County agencies and continues to be the standard for permanent record preservation for public records.

SWACO 2016 Spring Newsletter

from SWACO

Check out the new SWACO 2016 Spring Newsletter

Children Services 2015 Report to the Community

from Children Services

Check out the Children Services report to the community, "Bettering Lives, One Child and Family at a Time" to learn about FCCS's programs, activities and accomplishments during 2015.

May is Public Assistance Fraud Awareness Month

from Job and Family Services

Fraud Costs All of Us Logo

May is Public Assistance Fraud Awareness Month in Ohio and the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services is spreading the word that "Fraud Costs All of Us." With support from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Franklin County JFS is encouraging the public to report suspected public assistance fraud through a public awareness campaign.

In 2015, the State of Ohio collected over $13 million dollars in Food Assistance benefits that were improperly used. Franklin County JFS was ranked within the top five counties in the State of Ohio as most improved in establishing public assistance fraud cases.

The most common type of fraud cases that were investigated by Franklin County JFS included failure to report employment and/or a household member during the application process for public assistance benefits.

Public assistance fraud is a crime. The consequences of committing fraud may include removal from the program, repayment of improperly obtained benefits, potential criminal charges and possible jail time. Residents of Franklin County may report suspected public assistance fraud by calling Franklin County JFS at 614-233-2095 or visiting http://jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/ReportFraud.

Community Development Partner Highlight

from Economic Development & Planning

The Economic Development and Planning Department's Community Development Partner Highlight e-newsletter series highlights the current activities and portfolio of work completed by a valued community partner with Franklin County. Community Partners strive for an approach of progressiveness and innovation when bringing their products to life. Their work is reflected in how we see our communities.

Visit the Economic Development and Planning Department website for more information about the Community Development Partner Highlight.

Metro Parks Summer Camps

from Metro Parks

Metro Parks summer camp registration began March 10. Metro Parks is offering two types of camps in 2016, the all new Outdoor Camps (June 13–Aug 5) and the tried and true Nature Adventure Camps (June 20–Aug 5). Visit the Metro Parks website for camp details and how to register.

Check out Children Services Accent on Kids

from Children Services

The Spring 2016 edition of Franklin County Children Services Accent on Kids is now available. Features include:

  • Former Agency Youth Reflects on Time with FCCS;
  • FCCS Spreads Child Abuse Prevention Message; and
  • Newlyweds Expand Family Through Kinship Care.

Click here to read the Accent on Kids Spring 2016 edition.