Children Services offers services including:
2. What other services can be of help to my family?
Children Services makes referrals to community agencies for the following supportive services:
3. What is foster care?
Children Services is the agency mandated by law to protect children from mistreatment. The Agency also provides supportive services to keep families together. However, when a child cannot safely live with their own family, he or she may be placed with a foster care family. Youngsters are typically placed with foster families because of abuse, neglect, or unstable family situations. The job of fostering has some very specific requirements. Foster parents provide temporary care for children whose families are experiencing a crisis. Most often the goal of foster care is to reunify children with their birth families and the foster parents will be expected to work jointly with the agency to achieve this goal.
4. What is adoption?
Adoption is the permanent, legal transfer of all parental rights and responsibilities from one family to another family. Adoptive parents have the same rights and responsibilities as parents whose children are born to them. Adoption is the first step to a lifelong commitment of sharing your life with a child who has had an abusive or neglectful past. If you are interested in adopting a child with Franklin County Children Services, please call us at (614) 341-6060, or fill out an inquiry form.
5. What volunteer opportunities do you have?
You can become a Friendship Volunteer, a Simba or Malaika, or College Bound Mentor if you are at least 18 years old and have a valid driver's license. It is preferable that applicants have an automobile. All volunteers and mentors are asked to maintain a consistent relationship with their mentee (meeting at least twice per month) for a minimum of six months. Volunteers are also needed for our Holiday Wish program and the Crisis Center. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Franklin County Children Services, please call us at (614) 275-2690, or click here for more information.
6. Do you have employment opportunities?
Check out our employment page for a current list of open positions.