Commissioners Honor Day of Prayer, Foster Parents, Marion Hero

At their meeting on Thursday, May 2, 2013, the Marion County Commissioners issued proclamations for National Day of Prayer and National Foster Care Month. They also recognized “the ultimate sacrifice” of Captain Stephen J. Chaney, a Marion native who was killed in action during the Vietnam War. Greg Masteller thanked the commissioners for recognizing the […]

5k Run/Walk Raises Over $3,000 for Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Marion County recently held their second annual Go the Distance 5k Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run. The event was held in conjunction with Marion County Children Services Pinwheel Play Day on April 6th, 2013 and raised over $3,000 for the local club. Allison Miracle, Executive Director of Boys & […]

Ohio AG Announces Recommendations to Help Improve Ohio Foster Care

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine Monday released the recommendations of his Foster Care Advisory Group. Convened in December, the group’s mission was to recommend solutions to the issues raised at the Attorney General’s Child Safety Summits held in eight Ohio cities. Findings released today encourage positive changes to improve the child welfare system with a […]

Children Services Urges You to Wear Blue Wednesday

Marion County Children Services is urging the public to participate in Wear Blue Day on Wednesday, April, 10, 2013. They say by wearing blue, you can help “be a voice for a child” and speak out against abuse and neglect. “With the cases of child maltreatment on the rise, we need to take a stand […]

Pinwheel Play Day Provides Free Fun, Child Abuse Awareness

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and Marion County Children Services (MCCS) is encouraging the public to “be a voice for a child” and speak out against abuse and neglect. To bring awareness to the issue as well as to provide a free, safe, family day of fun, they are inviting everyone to their sixth […]

Foster Care Advisory Group Tasked with Improving Child Safety, Permanency

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine Monday released a report outlining several issues surrounding Ohio’s child welfare system, specifically the state’s foster care system. The Child Safety Summit Report outlines multiple concerns identified after the Attorney General held eight child safety summits in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo, Youngstown, Akron, Dayton, and St. Clairsville. “We held the child […]

Children Services Holding Classes for Potential Foster Parents

Marion County Children Services is offering required classes for potential foster parents starting November 2, 2012. The classes are required and are free of charge. While you are required to take them all, classes can be made up at later dates if you have a conflict. To learn more about being a foster parent, contact […]

Foster Youth Offered Help With Credit Report Errors

Attorney General Mike DeWine recently sent letters to the state’s public children services agencies offering help in meeting a new federal mandate requiring youth at least 16 years old and within the foster system to have their credit checked. The mandate also requires the clearance of any errors found on their credit report. “Unfortunately, foster […]

Foster and Adoptive Parent Training Starting in Marion

Marion County Children Services will be hosting training classes for prospective foster parents and those looking to adopt. The classes begin May 1 and run through May 19. If you have ever thought of being a foster parent, there is still time to sign up.

Former Sheriff Named to Children Services Board

The Marion County Commissioners Tuesday approved the appointment of former Marion County Sheriff John Butterworth to the Marion County Children Services Board. Butterworth is replacing Russ Rigney, who resigned because of work commitments.