Apr 2, 2019

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Feb 5, 2018
*NEW* Child Care Change Report form now available on our website.
Oct 13, 2017
The Family and Individual Services Unit has been renamed Public Assistance in order to be more aligned with the services provided to the public
Aug 21, 2017

Kenynia Howard was indicted by a Sandusky County Grand Jury and pled guilty to theft and Medicaid eligibility fraud.           

Jul 22, 2015

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.

Nov 7, 2012
Child Support Web Portal Now Available


As a parent, it's your responsibility to be a role model for your child. If you, yourself, are a victim of abuse, there is a good chance that your child is at risk for abuse, as well. Learn to recognize abuse and take action to protect your child. Always choose your child over your partner.

How Does An Abusive Adult Behave?
Choosing the wrong partner can be -- literally -- deadly.

No matter how much you think you love your partner and that your partner loves you, no relationship is worth risking your child's life. Recognize if your partner is an abuser before it affects your child.

Characteristics of abusers include:

  • Immaturity, or have to have their needs met right away
  • A lack of parenting skills, including lack of knowledge about child development
  • Unable to get along with other people
  • Few relationships with family or friends
  • Has difficulty working with others
  • They consider themselves unlovable or worthless
  • Easily frustrated by kids
  • Uses children to meet emotional or physical needs
  • Controlling; uses excessive discipline
  • Alcohol/drug abuse
  • Denies any accusations
  • Places the blame on the victim

What is Physical Abuse?
Physical abuse is any intentional, unwanted physical contact with the victim. It includes, but is not limited to:

  • Biting
  • Burning
  • Choking
  • Kicking
  • Pulling Hair
  • Punching
  • Pushing
  • Scratching
  • Slapping
  • Shoving
  • Throwing items at the victim
  • Using a weapon

What is Sexual Abuse?
Sexual abuse is any intentional, unwanted sexual behavior perpetrated on a victim. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Rape
  • Unwanted kissing or touching
  • Unwanted rough or violent sexual activity
  • Forcing the victim to go further than they want, even if they have had sex before
  • Forcing the victim to touch the perpetrator's sexual organs

What are Emotional or Verbal Abuse?
Verbal or emotional abuse include anything that the perpetrator says or does to the victim that causes the victim to be afraid, have lowered self-esteem, or that manipulates or controls the victim's feelings or behavior. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Intentionally embarrassing the victim in front of other people
  • Name-calling or put-downs
  • Yelling and screaming
  • Preventing the victim from seeing or talking with friends and family
  • Telling the victim what to do
  • Using online communities or cell phones to control, intimidate or humiliate the victim
  • Making the victim feel responsible for the violence
  • Stalking
  • Threatening to commit suicide in order to manipulate the victim
  • Threats of violence, harm or to expose the victim's private information
  • Threats of taking the victim's child(ren)
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