Welcome to Lucas County Children Services

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LCCS cares about the health and safety of its staff and visitors. We are continuing to follow protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Lucas County government.

As of January 7, 2022:

  • Face coverings are required for all LCCS employees and visitors, including children and adults utilizing the Family Visits Center at 705 Adams and at the Mott Family Time Center on Dorr Street.
  • If you have been exposed to, or tested positive for COVID-19, please call Family Visits 419-213-3315 (705 Adams) or 419-213-3665 (Mott building) to reschedule your visit. This applies to individuals that are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and those who are asymptomatic.
  • Employees and visitors should continue to self-assess their health and/or risk, and follow guidelines established by the CDC.  
  • The LCCS lobby will remain closed until further notice.
  • Certain meetings, such as family case conferences, change of placement meetings, etc., will remain “virtual” until further notice.

Kinship Support Program (KSP)

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On December 29, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine signed an Executive Order, establishing a Kinship Support Program to assist kinship caregivers of children in Ohio’s child welfare system.

The Governor’s order directs the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) to pay all eligible kinship caregivers (related and unrelated) a daily stipend for each child in the custody of Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) that is placed in their home as kin. These KSP payments will continue for not more than nine months while caregivers work with LCCS to become licensed as a foster parent. ODJFS may waive certain non-safety-related foster care licensing requirements to help you become licensed. Once licensed, caregivers will receive foster care payments to care for the child as long as he/she remains in the home.

There is no application process to receive KSP payments. To be eligible, the child must be in the temporary, permanent, or legal custody of a public children services agency (PCSA) like LCCS, and be placed in your home by the PCSA as a kinship placement. Currently licensed foster caregivers are not eligible for this program.

KSP payments will be distributed according to these timeframes:

  • For children placed in your home on or before December 29, 2020, caregivers will receive KSP payments for not more than nine months starting December 29, 2020.
  • For children placed in your home any day between December 29, 2020 and September 29, 2021, caregivers will receive KSP payments for not more than nine months from the date the child was placed in your home.
  • For children placed in your home on or after September 30, 2021, caregivers will receive KSP payments for not more than six months from the date the child was placed in your home.

Caregivers will receive KSP payments until they become a licensed foster caregiver for the children in their care, until the child is no longer placed in your home as a kinship placement, or the timeframe described above has ended, whichever occurs first.

The first payments, in the amount of $10.20 per day, per kinship child placed in your home, are scheduled to begin no later than April 2021, and will be retroactive to December 29, 2020 or the date of placement, whichever is more recent.

Kinship Support Program Benefits:

  • Available to biological relatives and non-related (fictive kin) who are identified by a child’s family.
  • Families will be provided the opportunity to obtain a foster care license through the State of Ohio to care for kinship children in need of placement.
  • Free training and education will be offered prior to licensing and throughout the placement experience.
  • Licensed kinship caregivers will receive a monthly stipend to offset the cost of caring for their kinship children.
  • Each caregiver home will be linked with a caseworker, in addition to the family’s caseworker, once they become licensed.
  • Families can be linked to community-based services for the children placed in their homes.
  • Working caregivers may be eligible for day care services.
  • Entitlement services can link kinship children to medical insurance coverage.

Find more information on becoming a foster parent, visit Resources for Becoming a Foster Parent

Thanks to the many sponsors and donors
to this year’s Holiday Gift Drive.
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This free event is a call to action to the community at large regarding the need for more foster homes in Lucas County. Attendees will learn from our panel discussion how foster care is a family and a community affair and how one can make a difference in a child’s life. We will also discuss the state of foster care in Lucas County and in Ohio while focusing on how the community can be a part of the solution. 

There will be a networking session from 9:30 to 10AM, following by a welcome and program overview, then brunch during the panel discussion.

RSVP deadline is February 9, 2022
To RSVP, please call Vonda Williams @ 419-213-3692 or Sherry Dunn @ 419-213-3476  or complete online RSVP Form.

We Respond 24 Hours A Day

Report Child Abuse or Neglect: (419)213-CARE (2273)
Child safety is Lucas County Children Services’ top priority.
Experienced screeners will answer calls about suspected child abuse or neglect 24/7.

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Are you experiencing domestic violence?

There are a number of resources in our community to help you protect yourself and your children, and to help you make a plan to get out.

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