June 2019

 Meet Massen
Massen is a very active child who will laugh at anything. He likes to ride his bike. He also likes to sweep the floor. His foster mother says he is a clean kid who picks up after himself.
He likes to watch TV, especially SpongeBob SquarePants and The Loud House. Among his favorite foods are pizza and banana pudding.  

He likes to listen to rap and R&B music and dance to it. 
He is very inquisitive and good at memorizing numbers. He can be very sweet and affectionate and thrives on praise. He is very happy-go-lucky. 

Massen would do best in a family where he can get a lot of attention and where he is the youngest or only child. He would do well in a busy, active family. 

Please join us in wearing purple Friday
June 15 is World Elder Abuse Day, a day to bring awareness to the issue of elder abuse and other forms of harm to those over the age of 65.
To bring awareness to World Elder Abuse Day, many employees of Job and Family Services will wear purple on Friday, June 14. 
Hamilton County has an Adult Protective Services unit that helps protect senior citizens from physical abuse, neglect by caregivers, self-neglect, exploitation and other forms of abuse or neglect. The unit operates the 421-LIFE elder abuse reporting hotline and helps more than 500 senior citizens a year.
More than half of the reports Job and Family Services handles concern self neglect. The APS unit works with families or guardians to arrange care of those who can't care for themselves. The unit also helps line up services from the Council on Aging. 

If you suspect a senior citizen you know is the victim of abuse, neglect, exploitation or some other form of harm, please call 421-LIFE.  

Zoo offers discounts
to SNAP recipients
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is offering discounted tickets and season passes to people who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The Zoo Access for All program encourages families and individuals of all backgrounds to visit the zoo by showing their SNAP card and a photo ID to receive discounted tickets.

A dult tickets will cost $6, child/senior (ages 2 to 12 or 62 and older) tickets will cost $3 and a family membership will cost $40. Parking will cost $1.

There is a limit of eight tickets per card.


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Kinship stipends 
start soon

I am extremely excited about a new program designed to help the hundreds of grandparents, aunts, uncles and other kinship caregivers who take care of children in our custody.

In May, we launched a kinship stipend program and early this month will begin paying kinship families $350 per month, per child if they are caring for children in agency custody.

This is the first time JFS has ever provided a kinship stipend and helps fulfill a long-desired goal of providing additional support to kinship caregivers. We know from experience and research children are more likely to thrive in the care of someone connected to them. Kinship caregivers - grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins or other relatives and family friends caring for a child in our custody - can also help in keeping the child connected to family, friends, neighborhood and school, and could assist with reunification efforts.

For those who don't know, when a child is abused or neglected and can no longer safely stay in their home, they may come into the care of JFS. In this situation, we try to find the right "placement" for them. Kinship care is always the first choice.

Kinship care refers to an arrangement in which a relative, or non-relative adult who has a long-standing relationship or bond with the child and/or family, takes over the full-time care of the child until they can be safely returned to their home. 

Absent a suitable kinship caregiver, foster care is the next option. We would much rather place child with someone they know versus a stranger. 

One key to a successful kinship placement is the caregiver's financial ability to take in the child, or children. For some grandparents on fixed incomes, it might not be possible.

The stipends make sense for us. This is best practice and best for families and children. We will improve outcomes if we increasingly have the option of kinship care over foster care.

The stipends are available to all families, regardless of household income, unless they are already licensed foster parents and receiving payments for the care of the child. There are no restrictions; only that the money to provide and maintain a home for the child placed in their care. To qualify, the child must be in the custody of JFS. Kinship caregivers who are taking care of children through family and other arrangements will not be eligible.

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Celebrating 60

We pulled off our 20th annual Celebration of Dreams event last week, honoring teens in care who made it to high school graduation.

We had a bigger crowd (more than 220 people) than we've had in years and more graduates than ever - 60! It was great to see the stage in the Hall of Mirrors filled with teens who achieved this big milestone.
Thanks to all our community partners. Among them: the Higher Education Mentoring Initiative (HEMI); Kids in School Rule; the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio; ProKids; Hamilton County Juvenile Court; guardians ad litem; Hamilton County Probate Court; the FAMILY Fund; Cincinnati Public Schools; and many others.

A big thank you to First Financial Bank and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation for helping pay for the event. 

Child support cards
being discontinued

Child Support consumers: Your e-QuickPay cards are being discontinued! You must verify or update your address to receive the new payment cards, which will begin mailing June 21.

Please act now.
  • Visit the child support portal, ChildSupport.Ohio.gov, or call Hamilton County Job and Family Services at 946-SETS (7387) to verify or update your mailing address.
  • Do not discard your current e-QuickPay Cards until after July 1 and after it has a $0 balance.
  • Beginning July 1, payments will be loaded to new Visa Cards only. You must act now to verify or update your address to receive your new card! Please visit ChildSupportOhio.gov or call 946-SETS (7387).