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                                               Ohio Wears Blue, April 9th!



    Allen County Children Services would like to thank area residents for wearing blue on April 9th and taking a stand against child abuse and neglect.  Wear Blue is a statewide awareness campaign held during the month of April, Child Abuse Prevention Month. Ohioans are encouraged to wear blue on that day to work, to school, to a community event, to show support for preventing child abuse and neglect. 


CAC Unveils New Agency Logo...

The Child Advocacy Center of West Central Ohio unveiled it's new logo at a meeting of the Allen County Commissioners. The logo was designed by Emily Vondran, a Senior at Shawnee High School. She is pictured here along with other students from Mr. Brian Krawetzke's art design class....Jamie Gerdeman, Paige Apkarian and Tim Heyward. Dr. Rory Stauber, Director of the CAC said the design captures the essence of the center where a caring team of professionals promote healing for the child victim of sexual abuse.


Pinwheels for Prevention...

The Annual Pinwheels for Prevention of Child Abuse was held Monday, April 7th, at Lima Memorial Health System. Community members braved the rain to plant a pinwheel for each report of alleged abuse or neglect of a child in Allen County in 2013. The pinwheel is an uplifting reminder of childhood and the bright futures all children deserve. We want to reinforce the notion that healthy child development serves as a foundation for both community and economic development. .


Flag Raising Begins Child Abuse Prevention Month...

A flag raising ceremony Tuesday, April 1st outside the Allen County Courthouse as a public reminder of the epidemic of violence against children in our country. It is estimated that every day in the U.S., four children die as a result of violence. This can happen in any community. Allen County Commissioners, other elected officials and members of local child welfare agencies dedicated the flag to the children of Allen County that have been victims of abuse. The program included a proclamation in honor of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.


Choose Your Partner Carefully...

When choosing a partner, mothers are not just choosing for themselves. They are choosing for their children, too. Your partner has a great influence on your child’s life. Choosing the wrong partner can be, literally, deadly. No matter how much you may love your boyfriend, he may not love your child. It is important that you know the warning signs. ACCS has joined with 76 local organizations for the "Choose Your Partner Carefully Campaign". It is geared toward increasing mothers protective behaviors as well as engaging friends, family and service providers in helping mother make good choices in choosing her partner....Full Story


Love Luggage Eases Transition into Foster Care…

“When children are removed from their homes and placed into foster care their belongings are often placed into garbage bags. This reinforces the message that they are trash! Unknowingly, the abuse continues. Love Luggage allows every child entering foster care to have their own luggage. This communicates a different message to a child … you are special, you are valued and you are important. The abuse stops.” Full Story


Message from the Director

     April is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention  Month, nationally designated since 1983. Annually, communities across our country focus their attention on the problem of child abuse and neglect, encouraging all citizens to report any suspected maltreatment of children. During this month, we also want to thank the many teams and community partners for their tireless efforts to preserve and strengthen families, to reduce the safety risks present in children’s lives and to heal the children that have suffered trauma in their young lives. (more)


Scott H. Ferris, MPA, LSW


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.