September 2017

Meet Zyair
Zyair is camera shy, but don't let that fool you.

She is a bright young lady who makes excellent grades at school. Zyair has always excelled in the classroom and is very meticulous in her studies. 

When she is not being an academic all star, she enjoys playing volleyball and participating in activities. She also enjoys making arts and crafts projects.

Zyair is in need of a supportive family that can help her continue to grow into the respectful, courteous and pleasant young girl she has the potential to be. Some of Zyair's favorite things are Dove chocolates and Chinese food.

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Please consider becoming a foster parent - we need you now more than ever

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has added his voice to the many calling for additional foster parents as our state struggles with an opioid epidemic. We appreciate his interest in helping us continue to increase the network of foster homes for abused and neglected children.

On the day he announced his office would create a new $1 million fund for recruitment of foster families, Hamilton County had 2,295 children in care, with 1,191 children in foster homes.

We contract for foster placement services through a number of local and national providers, including Lighthouse Youth Services, Pressley Ridge, Child Focus, Necco, Focus on Youth, St. Joseph Orphanage, Beech Acres, Bair Foundation, National Youth Advocate Program, SAFY, Choices, Ohio Mentor, Buckeye Ranch and many others who have been great partners in the effort to provide temporary placement for children who cannot safely return to their home. Hamilton County has more than 500 foster families living within its borders. All of them were recruited and nurtured by one of these agencies.

Being a foster family is a tough job. Caring for a child who is not your own is difficult, but there is so much more to it than that. Foster families have to constantly complete new trainings, open their home to inspection, juggle medical appointments and family visits and meet the demands of caseworkers assigned to help foster children.

On top of that, foster parents know it is very likely these children will eventually return to their biological families; while reunification is a wonderful reward for work well done, it can be heartbreaking to lose a child who has become an important part of your life and family.

Thank you, AT&T, for donating to HEMI scholarships

So thankful to AT&T for this money - $12,000 for scholarships for teens in foster care.

The company has been an ongoing supporter of HEMI, a partnership between HCJFS, the University of Cincinnati and other entities that works with teens to see that they make it through high school and into college.

This is  Mark Romito and  Sarah Briggs from  AT&T, with HCJFS Director  Moira Weir. 

If you know a teen in foster care, please reach out to HEMI or the caseworker to see that he or she is involved with this group that is having a real impact on foster teens' lives.

We're extending our child support amnesty offer

Parents who have had their driver's license or professional license suspended for not paying child support still have more time to get those licenses reinstated.

Delinquent parents can have those licenses reinstated by paying a portion of their total child support obligation and by reporting their employment so wages can be garnished.
We started the amnesty program in August, which is national Child Support Awareness Month, but extended it through September after August's success.

With the amnesty offer, we collected $45,599 more in child support in August than in July.

To determine if you qualify for license reinstatement, please call 946-7387.