October 2015

Meet Will

William, 12, is an adorable and intelligent young man who loves listening to country music and watching movies.

He likes to sing and color pictures to give to others. William even has a s pecial trick; he can make his eyes shake. He ca n't explain how he makes his pupils vibrate back and forth, he just can.

William is very laid back and prefers quieter activities like putting together puzzles or reading a book.

William is very thoughtful, warm and loving and would do well with structure. He excels with one-on-one attention and is looking for a caring and patient family.

This pleasant and responsible boy would do best in an active home.

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Push on for more local foster families

We are constantly on the search for new foster families, as well as adoptive families.

The two work hand in hand. About 70 percent of our adoptions are by foster families. These are people who have come to know and love the children in their care, and they want to make it
a permanent arrangement once the court decides the child cannot be safely returned home. The best way to keep our adoption pipeline full is to have plenty of foster parents.

We need foster parents for other reasons, too. We like to keep sibling sets together whenever possible. That means we need foster homes willing to take multiple children, even 7 or more at a time. We also want to keep our children local, so they can maintain the same neighborhood, school, friends, etc. To do this, we need local foster families.

A local agency we contract with for foster parent services, Child Focus, is organizing an effort to raise awareness about foster parenting and to increase the pool of local foster parents. Working with Cincinnati City Councilman Charlie Winburn, the organization plans to unite other agencies to participate in the awareness campaign. We, too, are happy to join.


Gloves for Love: Keeping foster kids warm this winter
Remember all those suitcases donated last winter so kids in foster care wouldn't have to carry their belongings in garbage bags? Yes, we got thousands! 

The driving forces behind that successful campaign - public relations guru Julie Phillippi-Whitney and Sibcy Cline Realtors - have come up with their plan for this winter. 

They're calling it Gloves for Love and collecting hats, scarves, gloves and mittens starting Jan. 4. Items can be dropped off at any of the 22 Sibcy Cline locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Dayton.

We'll keep you in the loop as the drive nears. Thank you in advance!

HCJFS team helps school struggling with poverty
Our new employee community service group is getting ready to deliver a big batch of school supplies to a Cincinnati school that needs help.

COVE, which stands for Community Outreach Volunteer Effort, collected school supplies through September for the Ethel M. Taylor Academy in Millvale. The school is one of the poorest in the city. It's starting a new program this month that will offer kids math and reading help - as well as dinner - after school.

COVE began so workers could promote a positive relationship between the HCJFS staff and the community we serve.