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Fraud Costs All of Us

from Job and Family Services

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May is Public Assistance Fraud Awareness Month in Ohio and the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services is spreading the word that "Fraud Costs All of Us." With support from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Franklin County JFS is encouraging the public to report suspected public assistance fraud through a public awareness campaign.

In 2014, the agency was ranked sixth in the state for collecting Food Assistance benefits that were improperly issued. The most common type of fraud cases that were investigated by Franklin County included failure to report employment and/or a household member during the application process for public assistance benefits.

Public Assistance fraud is a crime. The consequences of committing fraud may include removal from the program, repayment of improperly obtained benefits, potential criminal charges and possible jail time. Residents of Franklin County may report suspected public assistance fraud by calling Franklin County JFS at 614.233.2095 or visiting

May is National Foster Care Month

from Children Services

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.

One Week Remains to Vote Absentee for Primary

from Board of Elections

Voters have one more week to cast absentee ballots in person or by mail for the primary election.

Figures released this morning show 6,236 Franklin County voters have requested absentee ballots including 699 voting in person at the board of elections since early voting began April 7.

There are no countywide issues or candidates on the ballot in this election. More than 605,000 voters will have candidates or issues at stake in their precinct, but another 203,000 won't have a primary because there are no issues in their precinct or not enough candidates to narrow the field for the general election in November.

Early voting will continue at the board of elections, located at 1700 Morse Road, at the following times:

  • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through Friday, May 1
  • 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday, May 2
  • 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, May 3
  • 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 4

Voters must request an absentee ballot to receive one for the primary. Applications are available online or by calling the board of elections at (614) 525-3100. Ballots returned in person must arrive at the board by the close of polls on Election Day. Mailed ballots must be postmarked before Election Day and arrive no later than 10 days after the election.

Absentee ballots will not be accepted at local polling places on Election Day.

Precincts with an election will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, May 5.

Dog Shelter & Adoption Center Spring Sale

from Animal Care & Control

The Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center is having a Spring a Dog from the Shelter Sale from April 24 through May 10, 2015.

  • Just $18 for the Shelter's longest residents
  • $48 for seniors and Shelter Favorites
  • $73 for all dogs 6 months and older
  • All dogs except puppies included

Visit the Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center website to search for available dogs.

Franklin County Coroner's Office Job Posting

from Coroner's Office

The Franklin County Ohio Coroner's Office is accepting applications for a Forensic Technician.

Visit the Coroner's Office website for information on the position and how to apply.

Children Services 2014 Report to the Community

from Children Services

Check out the Franklin County Children Services report to the community, "Connecting Safety, Permanency and Well-Being" to learn about FCCS's programs, activities and accomplishments during 2014.

Click here to read the FCCS 2014 Report to the Community.

New App Links Phones to Franklin County Voter Data

from Board of Elections

If you are registered to vote in Franklin County, it is now possible to access important election information on mobile devices through a free app.

The Pew Charitable Trusts are partnering with state and local governments to link data about polling places, ballot information and more to Apple and Android phones and tablets. For Apple devices, search for Voting Info Project in the Apps Store. For Android devices, search for the Voting Info Project in the Google Play Store.

"We're excited to offer this new service," said board of elections Director Bill Anthony. "It comes just in time for voters to access information they'll need to cast a ballot for the May 5 primary election."

"This app compliments the information available to voters through our Web site," Deputy Director David Payne added. "We felt it was important to offer this app as well to better serve voters as they become increasingly dependent for information through their mobile devices."

Early voting for the May primary continues at the board of elections through Monday, May 4. Local polling places will be open on Election Day, Tuesday, May 5, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Metro Parks Nature Adventure Camps

from Metro Parks

Metro Parks' Nature Adventure Camps are designed to provide Central Ohio youth with the opportunity to discover and experience nature in an engaging, hands-on group setting. Campers will participate in fun outdoor activities, crafts and games. Metro Parks has been offering week-long day camp sessions since 1997. Programs are available for children in preschool through ninth grade.

Visit the Metro Parks website for more information about the camps and registration.

Central Ohio Volunteers in Public Safety Support

from Board of Commissioners

Central Ohio Volunteers in Public Safety Support training is being offered for adults and youth from May 21, 2015 through July 23, 2015 on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the City of Reynoldsburg, Division of Police.

The Public Safety Support Citizen Academy offers an opportunity to the public to continue learning and participating in an enhanced Public Safety Support Citizen Academy. Graduates of the Public Safety Support Citizen Academy will be called upon to provide support during times of emergencies or natural disasters as well as volunteer during special and routine events. Click here for more information.

The Public Safety Support Youth Program offers opportunities in character building, leadership, homeland security, police and fire response, and emergency response preparedness. Youth will be exposed to a range of public safety career options while gaining practical "hands-on" experience upon graduation from the eight week training program. Completion of training will prepare participants to provide support to public safety forces during disasters as well as volunteer opportunities during special and routine events. Click here for more information.

2015-2019 Consolidated Plan & 2015 HUD Action Plan

from Economic Development & Planning

The Consolidated Plan is designed to assist local jurisdictions to assess their affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions, and to make data-driven, place-based investment decisions. Further, the consolidated planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities.

The Consolidated Plan is carried out through Annual Action Plans which cites the County's one year, planned use of HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Home (HOME) Investment Partnership resources (administered by the County and its sub-recipients) that will be used each year to address the priority needs and specific goals identified by the Consolidated Plan.

Children Services Accent on Kids: Spring 2015 Issue

from Children Services

Features of the Spring 2015 issue of Accent on Kids include:

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month;
  • Cousins Make Kinship Family of Ten; and
  • Preparing Teens for Adulthood.

Click here to read the Spring 2015 Accent on Kids.

Today's Programs at Your Metro Parks

from Metro Parks

Visit the Metro Parks website to see today's programs at Metro Parks or search for upcoming programs.