Children's Protective Service

Children's Protective Services and Kinship Care

Office of Families and Children

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ Office of Families and Children is responsible administration and oversight of programs that prevent child abuse and neglect; provide services to abused/neglected children and their families (birth, foster and adoptive); license foster homes and residential facilities; and investigate allegations of adult abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services oversees Ohio's public children services agencies (PCSAs), which are required to assess and investigate reports of abuse, neglect, or dependency. The children services agency will complete an assessment and, if necessary, work with the family to develop a case plan identifying services necessary to reduce risk to the child and prevent the abuse or neglect from happening again. If it is determined that children cannot remain safe in their own homes, the PCSA will work with the local court system to remove them and find an alternative safe placement, preferably with relatives.

To make a report, contact the PCSA in the county where the child and his or her parent, guardian or custodian reside. A directory of Ohio PCSAs by county can be found at the website of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, www.jfs.ohio.gov.

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ Office of Families and Children
P.O. Box 183204
Columbus, OH 43218-3204
(614) 466-1213
(866) 886-3537, option 4 (Help Desk)

Kinship Care

Kinship Care refers to a temporary or permanent arrangement in which a relative (often a grandparent), has taken over the full-time, substitute care of a child whose parents are unable or unwilling to do so. Kinship Care includes those relationships established through an informal arrangement, legal custody or guardianship order, a relative foster care placement or kinship adoption. Assistance and resources for kinship caregivers are available through county public children services agencies (PCSA).

Public Children Services Agencies

Delaware Public Children Services Agency
140 N. Sandusky St., 2nd Fl.
Delaware, OH 43015-1789
(740) 833-2300 or (800) 899-3130
(740) 833-2300 (After Hours Emergency, Sheriff)
www.delawaredjfs.org

Fairfield County Public Children Services Agency
239 W. Main St.
Lancaster, OH 43130
(740) 652-7887 or (800) 450-8845
(740) 653-5223 (After Hours Emergency)
www.fcjfs.org

Fayette County Public Children Services Agency
133 S. Main St.
Washington Court House, OH 43160
(740) 335-0350
(740) 335-6171 (After Hours Emergency)

Franklin County Public Children Services Agency
855 W. Mound St.
Columbus, OH 43223
(614) 275-2571
(614) 229-7000 (After Hours Emergency)
www.childrenservices.franklincountyohio.gov

Licking County Public Children Services Agency
74 S. Second St., P.O. Box 5030,
Newark, OH 43058-5030
(740) 670-8999 or (888) 895-2790
(740) 670-5500 (After Hours Emergency)
www.lickingcountyjfs.com/safety/children.aspx

Madison County Public Children Services Agency
200 Midway St., London, OH 43140-1356
(740) 852-4770
(740) 852-4770 (After Hours Emergency)

Pickaway County Public Children Services Agency
110 Island Rd., P.O. Box 610,
Circleville, OH 43113
(740) 474-3105, (740) 474-2176, or (800) 822-5437
(740) 474-2176 (After Hours Emergency)

Union County Public Children Services Agency
940 London Ave., Ste. 1800, P.O. Box 389
Marysville, OH 43040-0389
(937) 644-1010
(937) 642-4453 (Child Care Network)
(937) 644-5010 (After Hours Emergency)

 

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