October 2016

Meet  Zachary
Zachary finds math and science easy subjects and tested at an 11th grade math level while only in the 7th grade. He is a 10th grader who is pursuing college to become a physicist. He is active in ROTC and hopes to join the military.

He loves to play basketball, baseball, football and golf and his favorite team is the New York Yankees, Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers. For fun, this outdoor enthusiast likes to go to Kings Island and the zoo.
When he is not outside, you can find him playing board games and listening to music. He loves Wiz Khalifa, Tyga and other rap artists, including Christian rappers. He likes Star Wars. He also enjoys reading books like Unleashed by Gordon Korman and the Swindle series.

He is a big help around the house. He takes out the trash and keeps his room clean.
If he could travel anywhere in the world, Zachary would love to go to Florida.

Zachary would do best in a structured home where he is the youngest in the family. He does really well with older children and routine. Zachary is a bright young man and needs a family that will help motivate him and help him be successful.

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Heroin hitting child welfare system hard

We are asked a lot about the opiate crisis gripping our community. How does it play out in child welfare?

Heroin has hit our "business" hard. Abuse of opiate-based painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin is also a problem.

A 2014 study by the Public Children Service Association of Ohio found some startling facts about the 86,000 child welfare cases that enter the Ohio system each year:
  • Child welfare cases involving parents abusing heroin, cocaine of both had climbed to 50 percent of all cases.
  • 70 percent of children age 1 or younger placed in the child welfare system are there because their parents are using heroin or cocaine.
  • Nearly 14,000 children had been placed in out-of-home care in 2015, a 20% increase since 2009.
  • The estimated cost of just foster care for children whose parents are addicted to opiates is $45 million annually.

Preparing for adoption month with calendars, coffee sleeves

It won't be long before it's November, the month we celebrate adoption. We're already preparing.

We're finalizing the design of our 2017 adoption calendar, which will be full of photos (like these) of some of our kids who are still waiting for homes.

And we're almost ready to send our coffee sleeve design off to the printer. The sleeves will feature photos of our kids as well.

If you or your organization would like to help us spread the word by passing out calendars at an event or putting sleeves on coffee cups at your coffee shop, please let us know. We will be happy to share.  


Children's services levy renewal on ballot

Among the issues on the November ballot in Hamilton County is Issue 53, the Children's Services levy.

The levy generates $40 million and is used to pay for many different services for abused and neglected children. The $40 million is matched by state and federal funds.

Listen to HCJFS Director Moira Weir discuss the levy with Local 12 Newsmakers' Dan Hurley.