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Shyanne is a very outgoing young girl. She is described as goofy, courteous, and intelligent; she is always on top of her academics.

She is a cheerleader, likes to listen to children's Kids Bop and her favorite TV show is Vampirina

She laughs at everything and enjoys outings downtown and being outside. Shyanne also enjoys shopping and putting outfits together.

She describes herself as respectful, sweet  and strong. Her favorite color is purple and some of her favorite activities include biking, jumping on trampolines and swinging.

When she gets older, she wants to participate in sports.

She would do best in a home where she is the youngest or only child.  

We're starting to get ready for the holidays

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 to live on their own.

We are so grateful for all the community support and donations that help us pull these events off. 

If you  interested in donating gifts, please let us know.

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 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.

Kinship help with a side of  shaved ice

Get some advice and support from other kinship providers at a shaved-ice social Friday.

Beech Acres Parenting Center's kinship team is working to build a network of kinship providers that can work together to provide resources, help and peer support.

Join them at the Happy Hippo social, 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Resource Opportunities Center, 4848 Winneste Ave., 45232. 

Mark your calendars:
Nov. 1

At our annual National Adoption Day ceremonies this year, we will be helping unite 16 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 that week for more details.

New website for kinship caregivers

An estimated 100,000 children in Ohio live with grandparents and other relatives when their parents can't raise them. We join the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in wanting to support these kinship caregivers as much as we can.

September is Kinship Care Month. ODJFS just launched a new resource for kinship caregivers - a  website full of FAQs and other information.

When children must be removed from their homes, caseworkers first try to place them with a family member or a close family friend. This "kinship" care offers the greatest level of stability by allowing children to maintain their sense of belonging and to continue their family culture and traditions.

Step Up To Quality

Our work to get child care providers ready for the new Step Up To Quality standards is going really well, thanks to our two employees who are focused on it - Sonya Bass and Jessica Ward.

Their section chief, Judy Leonard, credits them with taking the lead on this new, important project and making it work. "We got the right people for the job, that's for sure," she said.

Step Up To Quality requires that all child care providers earn at least one star by July 2020. It's a five-star rating system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Its goal is to make sure the child care facilities and preschool programs offered across the state are quality, educational, healthy and safe. The hope is that monitoring the quality will lead to improved outcomes for Ohio kids.

Of the 479 registrations HCJFS has received for star ratings, 384 have been awarded. Relatively few applications have been denied. Hamilton County has 615 family child care providers and 415 of them are already star-rated.