Screening and Referrals
Requirements for All Prospective Foster/Adoptive Parents
Screening and ReferralsDelaware County Children Services receives calls concerning allegations of child abuse and/or neglect 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Calls may come in from anyone in the community such as doctors, law enforcement officials, schools, counselors, relatives, and those who wish to remain anonymous. A call is received by a trained staff member (screener) to collect information from the caller. The call is confidential. Through the collection of information, the type of risk to the child is determined and a worker will be dispatched to the child’s location to conduct an investigating within one hour or up to 72 hours from the time the phone call was received depending on whether the situation is emergency or non-emergency.
Children Services is required by Ohio law to investigate referrals of children who are alleged to be abused, neglected and/or dependent. Children Services is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The caseworker’s first duty is to assure the child is safe or moved to a safe situation during the investigation. During the investigation, information is gathered to determine whether or not child abuse, neglect, or dependency has occurred. They also assess problems the family may be having and if there is risk to the child’s safety, health, or welfare. Law enforcement may be involved depending on the specifics of the situation.Top of Page
The purpose of Protective Services is to assist at-risk families in keeping their child safe from abuse and neglect while the child remains in their home. When an investigation shows a need for ongoing services, with or without court involvement, a caseworker is assigned to develop a case plan, provide and/or link the family to community services. The goal is to keep families together to improve the family life situation and maintain the child in the home in order to keep families together.
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Requirements for All Prosepctive Foster-to-Adopt Parents
All prospective foster-to-adopt parents must be:
Agency Training Topics
Potential foster parents, adoptive parents, and respite care providers are educated on a number or topics and issues that affect both children and the families that will care for them. Children Services ensures that parents are fully prepared for parenting a foster or adoptive child. Some of the topics that parents may be educated on include:
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Call 740-833-2340 To Report
Abuse or Neglect of Children