April 2017
Jeremy describes himself as nice, great, awesome, trustworthy and adventurous. He enjoys going to school and his favorite subject is science because he loves doing experiments in the lab. 
Like most boys his age, Jeremy has a lot of energy and likes to be outside doing activities. He has expressed that he would love to be able to go laser tagging or play paintball. Over the summer, Jeremy enjoys going camping.
Jeremy is very social and has tons of friends. He is very loyal and says his friends describe him as nice and trustworthy.
When Jeremy grows up, he dreams of protecting others by becoming a police officer. He also has expressed that he would love to travel to London to see Big Ben.
Jeremy would like a family that enjoys the outdoors and has pets.

Free tax preparation
There's still time to get free tax preparation help.

Ohio MeansJobs Cincinnati-Hamilton County is again hosting United Way tax preparers. 

The preparers will be at OMJ, 1916 Central Parkway near downtown Cincinnati, every Saturday through April 15.
One change from last year: Drop -in customers cannot be accommodated.  All tax assistance will be provided only with a prior appointment.

Call 211 or visit makeworkpay.com to schedule an appointment.

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Please find a way to help as caseload continues
to grow

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This year, it comes with an extra sense of urgency in Hamilton County.

Our numbers are skyrocketing. We screened in 732 allegations of child abuse in the month of January, the largest monthly total in at least a decade. We screened in 699 reports during February. This followed a very busy last half of 2016, when we screened in 3,794 reports, 1,101 more than during the first half of the year.

Our involvement with these children is increasing, too. Our custody numbers and foster care numbers are hitting highs we haven't seen since the early 1990s. We now have about 300 children available for adoption after that number held steady at 200 for more than a decade.

These are sad statistics. You will hear them a lot in April. We are running radio advertisements on iHeart Radio, Cumulus Radio and Radio One in an effort to draw attention to the high number of children being served and the need for foster and adoptive parents. 

In short, we are asking people to do several things: Wear Blue on April 12 to draw attention to child abuse, consider being an adoptive or foster parent and, if being a foster or adoptive parent is too much of a commitment at this time, visit hckids.org to find other ways you can help. 

Please wear blue April 12 for child abuse prevention, awareness

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. One of the ways we mark the month is by joining others across Ohio and the country to wear blue on Wednesday, April 12.
Please join us in blue, take a pic and share it on our Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram with #OhioWearsBlue.

Caseworker helps save a man's life

Tanya Hampton had just left her second home visit of the night Saturday and stopped in at the McDonald's in Bond Hill. When she came out of the restroom, she saw a man lying on the floor.
She went over to check on him, noticed his fingertips were purple and yelled to the manager: "Call 911!"
"He didn't have much longer to live," Hampton said.
With help from the man's friend, she rolled him over and started performing chest compressions. A mom of three, Hampton learned CPR through her kids' sports teams.
The friend did mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The man was breathing by the time Cincinnati firefighters arrived and gave him a drug to reverse the overdose.
But Hampton's night didn't end there. The man had a baby with him when he overdosed, prompting police to call 241-KIDS. It turned out, the family already had been involved in a case in Clermont County.
"It didn't really hit me for about two days," she said this week. "To see him nearly dead on the floor, then to see the man walking in here. It was just unreal."
Thank you to Tanya and all of our social workers who go into all kinds of situations every day in their efforts to protect kids.

We constantly fight fraud

A Hamilton County woman tried to get some Christmas cash by selling her food "stamps." She ended up losing those benefits for a year and turned the situation into a cautionary tale.

The woman told Channel 19 she and her husband lost their jobs and she was trying to sell the food benefits to pay other bills.