It shouldn’t hurt to be a child, but for too many abused and neglected children, it does. Franklin County Children Services sees children every day whose lives are in jeopardy. Each year, Children Services helps more than 30,000 abused, neglected and abandoned children. It offers services and supports to thousands of families in crisis.
To protect children by strengthening families, Children Services works in partnership with more than 100 agencies and organizations – and with the help of over 700 employees, 400 kinship families, 200 adoptive families and 500 volunteers and mentors, and hundreds of foster parents – to ensure that every child has a safe, stable and “forever” home.
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.
We Are Child Welfare Professionals: We constantly pursue excellence. We recognize the importance of providing effective and timely services. We value, respect and support each other. We are proud that we improve the quality of life for families in our community. We are fiscally responsible. We aspire to be culturally competent.
We Honor Families: We respect families’ strengths. We understand families are the experts of their own experience. We recognize that children are best served within their family and community. We separate what parents do from who they are.
We Value Every Child: We respect the individuality of each child we serve. We advocate for each child’s safety, permanency and well-being. We honor each child’s family and culture.
We Value Partnerships: Families have the right to be a part of the decision-making team. Casework is the most important function of the agency team. Families, communities and government share the responsibility to keep children safe.