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Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect During COVID 19
Parents and caregivers
• If you are feeling stressed or isolated, stay in contact with friends and family members. Feeling connected to others will help reduce stress, anxiety and frustration.
• Keep yourself and your children occupied during quarantine. Visit limalibrary.com for a host of educational and entertainment resources available online. Take the family outside on a regular basis for exercise and fresh air.
• Stay informed about what is happening but manage your news intake, and avoid outlets that promote fear or anxiety.


If you feel that you or your children are in danger:
• Call Allen County Children Services at 419-227-8590 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays or the Allen County Sheriff’s Office at 419-227-3535 outside of our regular hours.
• Call the National Association of Domestic Violence hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE or for victims of domestic violence call Crossroads Crisis Center in Lima at 419-228-4357.
• Call 911 in cases of emergency or immediate threats.


If you feel overwhelmed, there is help available. Check out these resources:
o COVID19 Resource Sheet from PreventChildAbuse.org
o Grand Families Fact Sheet from Grand Parents United (Lists links to resources for preventing exposure, activities for families and managing stress)
o Parent/Caregiver Guide to Help Families Cope with COVID19 (Lists tips for coping with anxiety and stress, hygiene and activities)


For the Community
During this time of isolation, friends, family members and neighbors need to actively engage in preventing child abuse and neglect.
• Regularly check in with families who may be at risk.
• Offer to assist with babysitting, food or supplies.
• Pay attention to signs of abuse and neglect.
• Report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect by calling 419-227-8590.
• Do you have concerns about Child Abuse and Neglect during COVID-19. Click here for more information.

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18

                                      ALLEN COUNTY CHILDREN SERVICES

RESPONSE TO COVID-19

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, Allen County Children Services (ACCS) has begun developing measures that will assist us in continuing to provide critical services to community families, while also practicing recommended preventative measures. ACCS has or will be taking necessary steps to continue serving the vulnerable families and children we work with in the safest and healthiest way possible. 

Our office remains staffed Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and we can be reached by calling 419-227-8590. Updates on our services are as follows:

 

  • Effective March 17, 2020, our lobby is closed to all external visitors.

 

  • Events planned for April’s Child Abuse Prevention Month: 
    • Flag Raising Ceremony will be held and recorded on video that will be placed on our agency's social media April 1. (Staff only due to COVID-19) Although we are unable to open this event to the public, if you drive by during April, take a moment to recognize the flag and think about how you can help prevent child abuse and neglect.
    • Wear Blue on April 8, for “Wear Blue” day to take a stand against child abuse and neglect. Our agency staff will be looking forward to “Wear Blue” photos for social media. We encourage people to follow “social distancing guidelines” while taking photos. Please send your “Wear Blue” photos to Greg Sowinski at greg.sowinski@JFS.Ohio.gov
    • On April 8, Sara’s Sweets will make Blue Cupcakes in honor of child abuse/neglect awareness. Due to the current pandemic these will be available by order only. Please call 419-371-4745 to place an order.
    • During the entire month of April, Dunkin’ Donuts will be serving blue donuts to raise awareness for child abuse/neglect. These will be available daily for carry out.
    • Watch for new billboards on Elida Road and Harding Highway.

 

*The Luncheon on April 7, at Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center is cancelled. 

  • Concerns of abuse and neglect can be made by calling 419-227-8590. After hour, on-call services remain in place by calling the Allen County Sheriff's Office.

We thank you for your understanding, support and patience as we work together as a community to provide necessary services in the safest and healthiest manner possible.

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 17

Protecting the health and safety of our staff, and the vulnerable families and children we serve is our top priority. Allen County Children Services (ACCS) is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments in conjunction with Allen County Public Health, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's Office, Mercy Health St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima Memorial Health Systems and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

We are taking proactive measures while working to maintain operations and responsibilities. We have an internal emergency response team that meets daily to ensure the agency’s preparedness efforts are in place so we may update plans and procedures in consultation with our local, state and national partners. Change occurs daily and we must be prepared to evolve as needed.

Effective March 17, 2020, our lobby is closed to all external visitors. Concerns for abuse and/or neglect may be made by calling 419-227-8590.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 12

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Service updates will be made available on our social media page as well as our website.  Allen County Children Services (ACCS) is closely monitoring the Governor’s directives as well as local health officials in order to determine needed steps to ensure health and safety. 

ACCS is committed to protecting children and assisting the families we serve. The safety of our community’s most vulnerable, our children and their families is our top priority.  

Please call our agency with any questions.  Updates will be available on our website and social media.   

 

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Message from the Director

 

March is National Social Work Month across the country.

It’s a time to recognize, thank and honor all social workers who dedicate their lives to helping people and families every day.

There are nearly 700,000 social workers across the country who work to empower and elevate millions of people. They help the vulnerable meet the basic needs of survival and serve people in a time of crisis.

Social workers help people in all stages of life from infants to the elderly.

You can find social workers in government, hospitals, police departments, mental health facilities, military facilities and even corporations.

Social workers manage 60 percent of the country’s mental health services, making them the largest provider of mental health services.

Please take the time this month to thank a social worker.

 

                  - Cynthia Scanland, MSSA

 
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