May is National Foster Care Month
May is National Foster Care Month. It is a time for recognizing and promoting efforts to enhance the lives of youth in foster care. This year's National Foster Care Month theme is Get to Know the Many Faces of Foster Care. When a child cannot remain safely at home, FCCS makes every effort to place them in the least restrictive setting with family members, other kin or in foster homes. Nationwide, there are more than 400,000 youth currently in foster care. There are more than 11,000 children in foster care in Ohio. Children Services works closely with several organizations that provide foster care services, when placement is necessary. Anyone interested in becoming a foster parent should contact a foster care provider agency. Click here to learn more about foster care in Franklin County.
FCCS offers counseling, life skills training, transitional and independent living assistance to youth who are about to age out of foster care through its Emancipation Program. The community also plays an important role in supporting children in out-of-home placement. Volunteers and mentors are needed to spend time and build lasting relationships with children in out-of-home care. Click here to learn about volunteering with FCCS. FCCS also accepts donations to the Children's Fund, which provides special opportunities for children in care, as well as the Holiday Wish Program. Click here to learn more about donor opportunities.
May 28 - Simba and Malaika Mixer
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Franklin County Children Services (855 West Mound Street, Columbus, OH 43223)
Join us to learn more about FCCS's Simba and Malaika mentoring programs. This fun event will be the perfect opportunity to meet current Simba and Malaika mentors and get all your questions answered. RSVP by calling (614) 275-2690. Find out more about FCCS's many volunteer opportunities here.
May 13 - FCCS Graduation Party
FCCS is holding a graduation party for young people involved with the agency who are about to graduate from high school or receive their GED. There will be food, prizes, dancing and photos. Want to donate a door prize for the graduation party? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to donate to this worthwhile event.