Franklin County Children Services is Protecting Children by Strengthening Families.
Our Mission is clear — Through collaboration with families and their communities, we advocate for the safety, permanency, and well-being of each child we serve in a manner that honors family and culture.
Children Services is the public agency mandated by federal and state law to ensure that our community's children are safe and well cared for. We provide protection, care, and permanency for children who are abused, neglected, or dependent. By being in partnership with more than 100 agencies and organizations, and with the help of over 700 employees, 500 kinship families, 200 adoptive families, 500 volunteers and mentors, and hundreds of community foster parents, the agency is committed to making sure that every child has a safe and stable home. Children Services' social workers and support staff work to build stable and supportive living settings for young people, strengthen family life, and assist parents in meeting their responsibilities to their children. FCCS receives approximately 30,000 referrals annually through our 24-Hour Child Abuse Hotline — (614) 229-7000.
Each year, Franklin County Children Services helps more than 30,000 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. Children Services believes in the importance of family and strives to keep the entire family involved in solving the problems that brought them to the agency.
Additional services include:
Franklin County Children Services protects and cares for children and their families through many community partnerships.
More than half of Franklin County Children Services' funding comes from two, 10-year property tax levies; a 3.15 mill levy passed in 2019, and a 1.9 mill levy passed in 2014. Franklin County Children Services is grateful for this community support from central Ohio voters.
Children Services is governed by an 11-member volunteer board and is regulated by statutory mandates of the state and federal governments and regulations of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The executive director is responsible for agency operations. The agency is a member of the Child Welfare League of America.