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Meet Christian, Alex and Alexis

We are looking for one home where these siblings can live together forever.

Christian is 9. You can see in these photos he has a fun attitude. 

Alex is 8 and their sister, Alexis, just turned 4.

They are currently split in two foster homes. They would like to be together.

Come meet some kids who need families

We're having another one of our events where prospective adoptive families can meet some of the kids in foster care who are waiting for forever homes.
Please consider joining us this Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at this cool place called the  Play Library , 1306 Main St., in downtown Cincinnati.

We'll have pizza, ice cream and lots of games that the grownups and kids can play together. It'll be a fun way to get together with some of the great kids for whom we are looking for homes.

To attend, you must have an approved home study and RSVP with Travina Adams, 513-946-2282 or adamst06@jfs.hamilton-co.org.

Next week is our Adoption Day ceremony

At our annual National Adoption Day ceremonies this year, we will be helping unite 14 children with eight forever families.

It's usually a day filled with joy and tears, so get your tissues ready and tune in to our popular live stream the morning of Nov. 1. Follow our social media next week for more details.

Georgetown chooses our county for big justice project

HCJFS has been given a huge honor by being chosen, with other agencies and school districts in Hamilton County, to work with Georgetown University on important juvenile justice issues.
Chief Clinical Director Margie Weaver

Leaders here have worked with Georgetown before, but never before have experts from the university traveled to Cincinnati. They're working on a big issue: how to improve disparities in school discipline, equity and diversion from the justice system.

According to data  City Beat got from Hamilton County Juvenile Court, the numbers of arrested juveniles are down significantly from past years, but black juveniles still are disproportionately locked up. That's a trend around the country as well.

The local team, which also includes Legal Aid, Cincinnati Public Schools, Princeton C ity Schools and Northwest Local Schools, will launch a project that addresses the disparities and the impact these have on juveniles.

"Young people who come from backgrounds of abuse or neglect are often in survival mode from their traumatic
experiences," Director Moira Weir said. "We must approach them with that understanding. When we work together and treat them in a holistic manner, we become part of the long-term solution  and not just another problem they must overcome. This program will help us design new ways of helping these children  reach better tomorrows."

Attending from HCJFS: educational liaisons Megan Perdue and Todd Forrester; Monique Kemper, section chief; Chandra Mathews-Smith, assistant director of community strategies and engagement; and Chief Clinical Director Margie Weaver.

Perdue was impressed with the involvement of so many different entities. She feels it helped to learn more about their perspectives. She's looking forward to the capstone project.

We're getting started on holiday gift collecting

It takes us a while to get everything together for the holiday gatherings we hold for kids in permanent custody and independent living.
Last year was our first independent living party in years and it worked out so well that we're excited to do another this year for these older kids who are transitioning out of foster care to live on their own. We are grateful for Amber Gray and her Where2Next foundation for putting together such a great event.

We are so thankful for all the community support and donations we receive each year.

There are a number of ways to help, from buying gifts for a teen-ager who needs clothes and things for his or her apartment to collecting stocking stuffers, socks and personal hygiene supplies. If you  interested in donating, please let us know.


St. Joe, Pressley Ridge  chosen to run new  transition program

St. Joseph Orphanage and Pressley Ridge have been chosen to operate an innovative program aimed at helping local foster children transition to adulthood using a youth-centered, trauma-informed approach.

GreenLight Fund Cincinnati and Hamilton County Job and Family Services have teamed up to bring First Place for Youth to Cincinnati and have chosen St. Joseph and Pressley Ridge through a competitive bidding process. First Place for Youth will provide housing, education and employment services to former foster youth transitioning from the public children's services system. It will serve about 100 young people a year.

The program will officially launch on Jan. 1, 2020.

"Both of these organizations partner with us in other program areas and we are confident their leadership will help make First Place for Youth a success in our community," said Moira Weir, director of Hamilton County Job and Family Services. "We are excited to add this innovative program in our efforts to help young people who too often age out of our system without support."