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Eric is a strong and funny guy who does well in school. He says is favorite class is math because he likes adding things together. 
He enjoys sports and likes playing and watching basketball and football. He also loves Marvel movies, especially Spiderman.

When he's not playing sports, Eric likes to play video games like NBA 2K19, GTA and other driving games. Aside from video games, he also likes UNO, Trouble, action figures and Sorry.
Eric has quite the sweet tooth and says his favorite foods are cookies, Starbursts and Snickers bars. He is good at helping out around the house and does chores like vacuuming, sweeping and mopping.

He says he'd like his family to have a "Dad, nice yard and a dog." He loves Cincinnati and would love to have a forever family here. 

Our 2020 calendars will be here soon

Our annual adoption calendars are at the printer and will be here soon for distribution. 

There's a little twist this year - we added some photos of adoptive families to our portraits of kids waiting for families.

If you'd like a calendar, shoot us an email and we'll get one in the mail to you.

Another great Adoption Day

We had such a great day again this year for our National Adoption Day ceremonies. Fourteen kids joined eight forever families.

Every case was as sweet as the last. One man adopted his two step-grandchildren. A couple adopted the biological brother of a child they adopted last year.

We head into this Thanksgiving week with our hearts still full of all the great news in Hamilton County Probate Court that day and many days since.

Director Weir honored with Crowley award

We are so proud to have our director, Moira Weir, honored by the Community Action Agency with their David Crowley award, named for the former Cincinnati councilman who dedicated his life to public service.
The David Crowley Board Award is presented to a CAA board member who exemplifies commitment to supporting children and families in our community. In addition, the board member helps CAA fulfill the mission of providing resources to low- and moderate-income individuals to help improve the quality of life for themselves and their families.
The organization said this about Moira before presenting her with the award: "It is a pleasure to give the David Crowley Award to a Board Member who has shown extreme passion and dedication to CAA. Her expertise has been valued and instrumental in moving the agency forward. She is a humble servant and CAA is so pleased to present this award to Moira Weir. Thank you Moira for your commitment to Community Action Agency."
Weir has been director of Hamilton County Job and Family Services since 2007 and a Community Action Agency board member since 2010.

Gov. Dewine's new  foster care group
touring state

Ohio now has a new Children Services Transformation Advisory Council aimed at reviewing the state of Ohio's foster care system and developing recommendations for improving the experience of children and families.

The council is  tasked with:
  • Traveling the state to better understand local barriers and best practices.
  • Promoting a shared state and county vision for agency purpose and practice.
  • Reviewing data, trends, and policies regarding the current foster care system.
  • Providing recommendations and strategies to strengthen all areas of the system, including kinship care, foster care, adoption, workforce, and prevention.
In order to better understand local challenges, the group will host regional listening forums across the state. Regional forums at the following dates and locations. Anyone interested in providing testimony should submit a written request at  https://governor.ohio.gov/fostercareforums .

Two forums are happening locally: Dec. 17 in Lebanon and Jan. 8 in Cincinnati.


Mathews-Smith earns MLK honor

Our assistant director for community engagement, Chandra Mathews-Smith, has been chosen to receive a "Keep the Dream Alive" award at the 20th annual Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. ceremony.
The awards event will be Jan. 20 and honor individuals in the community who have emulated the Rev. Dr. King's servant leadership. There will be a public reception after the ceremony.
Before joining HCJFS this year, Mathews-Smith  spent 20 years at Beech Acres Parenting Center and was a vice president there. She has served as a consultant to the Council on Aging of Southwest Ohio and as vice president of operations for Medicaid services

She was chosen one of 10 Women of the Year in 2018 by The Enquirer and The Greater Cincinnati Foundation for her work with the Community Action Agency and C&C Premier Cleaning, helping people with felony records or other barriers that make it difficult for them to find work.