The Sandusky County Department of Job and Family Services along with the eight counties listed below implemented a call center know as COLLABOR8. These nine (9) JFS Departments share a telephone and imaging system between counties to service public assistance consumers.
A Sandusky County Grand Jury recently indicted Fremont resident, Kelly Provonsha, on charges of tampering with records and grand theft.
How to Make a Referral
If you suspect that a child living in Sandusky County is being abused or neglected, you should contact the Sandusky County Department of Job and Family Services, Children Services Unit at (419) 334-8708. The agency is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take calls concerning abused or neglected children. Anonymous calls will be accepted, however, the agency prefers if you give your name and phone number so that you may be contacted again if more information is needed. Your name will not be released under any circumstances, unless you are needed to testify in a future court action.
At a minimum, the agency will need the following information about the family in order to accept a report:
- The names of the parents and children involved;
- The address of the family;
- A detailed description of the alleged abuse or neglect (when, where, how long, etc.);
***In addition, the following information will be asked so that the agency can better assess the risk to the child:***
- The name, address and phone number of the alleged perpetrator;
- Access the alleged perpetrator has to the child;
- The phone number of the family;
- The names of other children living in the home;
- How you became aware of the alleged abuse or neglect;
- The ages (date of birth if possible) of those involved;
- Any concerns regarding the child's behavior or functioning level;
- Any knowledge you may have about past concerns with the family;
- The functioning level of the parents and any concerns regarding substance abuse/violent behavior;
- Any other persons who may have knowledge of or witnessed the alleged abuse/neglect.
The more information you can provide regarding your concerns, the better the agency will be able to assist the child and family.
Current Ohio law encourages everyone to report child abuse and neglect. However, there are those who are mandated to report. Those persons include the following:
- Physician (including a hospital intern or resident);
- Practitioner of a limited branch of medicine or surgery;
- Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse and Visiting Nurse;
- Other Health Care Professional;
- Licensed Psychologist, Licensed School Psychologist;
- Speech Pathologist or Audiologist;
- Administrator or employee of a child day-care center;
- Administrator or employee of a certified child-care agency or other public or private children services agency;
- Other Health Care Professional;
- School teacher, School Employee or School Authority;
- Social Worker;
- Person rendering spiritual treatment through prayer in accordance with the tenets of a well recognized religion acting in his official or professional capacity
Furthermore, the Ohio Revised Code also mandates that boards of township trustees, the superintendent of any county home, and other officers and employees of any county, municipal corporation, or other political subdivisions of the state make a report to Children Services on any child in the county coming to their attention, deemed to be in need of public care. Ohio law also requires that these mandated reports be made directly by the mandated reporter and not through a third party.
Once a report is made, the person making the referral may want specific information from the agency on what is being done to insure the child's safety. Although this is understandable, current Ohio law prohibits disclosure of any information unless the referral source was one of the mandated reporters listed above. In those circumstances, the agency may release to the mandated reporter the following information:
- Whether the department or board has initiated an investigation of the report.
- Whether the department or board is continuing to investigate the report.
- Whether the department or board is otherwise involved with the child who is the subject of the report.
- The general status of the health and safety of the child who is the subject of the report and,
- Whether the report has resulted in the filing of a complaint in juvenile court or of criminal charges in another court.