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.
What if a Child Tells You...
About Abuse or Neglect?
Remember a secret, a secret you couldn't share? You thought about it all the time because you wanted to tell. You were ashamed of what people would think if they knew or afraid of what would happen if you told. You might have thought no one would understand, or, even worse, believe you. Children of abuse or neglect carry a secret like this.
There may be a time when a child or adolescent tells you, openly or indirectly, about abuse or neglect in his family. Recognize the strength which this child has demonstrated by sharing his secret and honor the trust he has shown by choosing you as his confidant. Although it may be a difficult subject for you to discuss. It is important that you handle the disclosure with sensitivity. In part, this can be accomplished by following some general guidelines.
- Listen to what is being told to you.
Do not project or assume anything. Do not push the child to share more than he is willing. The child needs warmth and acceptance, not curiosity or interrogation. It is not necessary at this time that he reveal specific or intimate details.
- Reassure him that he has done the right thing by telling you.
- Keep your own feelings under control.
- Use the child's own vocabulary.
- Do not promise to keep the secret.
- Tell the truth.
- Be specific.
- Assess the child's immediate safety.
- Be supportive.
- Try to help the child regain control.
- Report the abuse or neglect to your local children services agency. Click here for more information on reporting.