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September is Relative Kinship Month


Many children are fortunate to be cared for by relative/kinship caregivers when their own parents are unable or unavailable. These caregivers may be grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and even older siblings. Relative/kinship care is an indispensable ally of our child welfare system. So far in 2016, Allen County Children Services has worked with 144 relative/kinship families and 231 children. Please join us as we recognize September as Relative/Kinship month.


                 Fall 2016: Pre-Service Training Schedule

Location: Allen County Children Service Building

123 W. Spring St.

 Lima, OH 45801

Date & Time
Orientation to Foster/Adoption/Kinship Care Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 6-9p.m.
The Child Protection Team Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 6-9p.m.
Child Development Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 9-12p.m.
Childhood Trauma & Its Effects Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 1-4p.m.
Child Sexual Abuse Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 6-9p.m.
Minimizing the Trauma of Placement Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 6-9p.m.
Transcending Differences in Placement Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 6-9p.m.
Helping the Child Manage Emotions & Behaviors Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 6-9p.m.
Understanding Primary Families Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 9-12p.m.
Effects of Caregiving on the Caregiver Family Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 1-4p.m.
Long-Term Separation from Birth Parents Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 6-9p.m.
Post-Adoption Issues for Families Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 6-9p.m.


Fall 2016: Parenting Class Schedule

Location: Allen County Children Service Building

123 W. Spring St.

 Lima, OH 45801

                                         *All classes are open to the public.*

Select this link for: ACCS Parenting Classes Overview

Date &Time
ACT (Raising Safe Kids) October 5, 12, 19, & 26th - 3-5p.m.(Wednesdays)
Choose Your Partner Carefully October 1st - 9-1p.m.(Saturday)
December 17th - 9-1p.m.(Saturday)
Parenting Piece by Piece September 14, 16, 21 & 23rd - 2:30-4:30p.m(Wednesdays & Fridays)
November 2, 3, 9, & 10th - 1-3p.m.(Wednesdays & Thursdays)
Incredible Years September 8, 15, & 22nd - 1-5p.m.(Thursdays)


Choose Your Partner Carefully...


It happens all too often. A young, single parent needs someone to watch their young child while they go out. It's just for an hour or two, and they enlist their boyfriend or girlfriend to care for the child -- not considering whether that person has ever taken care of a child, or is prepared for the responsibility. Something goes wrong -- the baby won't stop crying, or the toddler has an accident. And, reacting out of frustration, that boyfriend or girlfriend hurts the child, or worse, causes a life-threatening injury. Any baby or toddler left in the care of a person not accustomed to dealing with a young child is at risk. They may shake a crying baby, or hit a toddler who has had an accident or made a mess out of simple frustration or not knowing how to respond. The goal of the Choose Your Partner Carefully Awareness Campaign is to make young parents think twice before assuming their boyfriends or girlfriends are able to care for their children, and to make the community aware of the potential risk that untrained caregivers pose to every child. Spend time observing your partner with the children before leaving them alone together. Watch the interaction. Make sure your child is comfortable. Make sure the interaction is appropriate. If you have to, choose your child over your partner! (More Info)

Message from the Director


Every year, thousands of children enter the foster care system with a powerful need for stability, happiness, belonging, safety and love. You can make a tremendous difference in your own life and the life of a child by opening your home and your heart. Consider being a foster parent for an area child who needs you. Our next free training begins October 4th. To register or for more information call ACCS at 419-227-8590.

                  - Cynthia Scanland, MSSA


The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction protects and supports Ohioans by ensuring that adult felony offenders are effectively supervised in environments that are safe, humane, and appropriately secure.


The Ohio's Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification (eSORN) program is one of the nation's preeminent applications for locating and tracking registered sex offenders.

Ohio JFS

The Ohio Job and Family Services Develops and oversees programs that provide health care, employment and economic assistance, child support, and services to families and children.