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

Child Abuse Prevention

 Building Gateways to Prevention in Your Community


We all have a role in building strong communities in which families and children are valued and supported. It is in these communities that children are safest from abuse and neglect. Here are some things you can do as a concerned individual.

The Five R's
Prevent Child Abuse America has developed the following "Five R's," which can help individuals better understand the role they can play in child abuse prevention.

          Raise the issue.
          Call or write your candidates and elected officials to educate them about issues in     
          your community and the need for child abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment  
          Contact your local school district and faith community to encourage them to  
          sponsor classes and support programs for new parents.
          Reach out to kids and parents in your community.
          Anything you do to support kids and parents in your family and extended community helps 
          to reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect.
          Be a good neighbor. Offer to baby-sit. Donate your children's used clothing, furniture, and 
          toys for use by another family. Be kind and supportive, particularly to new parents and
          Remember the risk factors.
          Child abuse and neglect occur in all segments of our society, but the risk factors are    
          greater in families where parents:
  •           Abuse alcohol or drugs
  •           Are isolated from their families or communities
  •           Have difficulty controlling their anger or stress
  •           Appear uninterested in the care, nourishment, or safety of their children
  •           Seem to be having serious economic, housing, or personal problems


          Recognize the warning signs.
          Some of the warning signs that a child might be abused or neglected include:

  •           Nervousness around adults
  •           Aggression toward adults or other children
  •           Inability to stay awake or to concentrate for extended periods
  •           Sudden, dramatic changes in personality or activities
  •           Acting out sexually or showing interest in sex that is not appropriate for his or her age
  •           Frequent or unexplained bruises or injuries
  •           Low self-esteem
  •           Poor hygiene


          Report suspected abuse or neglect.
          If you suspect abuse or neglect is occurring, report it. In Sandusky County you may     
          contact Children Services at (419) 334-8708.

Other Ways You Can Help

Build a support network by getting involved in your neighborhood.

  • Develop friendly relationships with your neighbors and their children. Problems often seem less overwhelming when you have support nearby.
  • Get involved in your child's school. Join the parent-teacher organization and attend school events.
  • Talk to your friends and neighbors about child abuse and how to prevent it.


Learn how your community supports children and families.

The following programs may be offered through schools, healthcare clinics, social service agencies, or community- or faith-based organizations:

    • Parent education programs teach parents about child development and parenting skills.
    • Home-visiting programs provide social support, education, and crisis intervention to families at risk for abuse.
    • Substance abuse treatment programs can help parents overcome problems with alcohol or other drugs.
    • Well-baby programs provide health and education services to new parents.
    • Childcare programs offer affordable childcare services. This may allow parents to maintain full-time jobs or stay in school while keeping their children safe.
    • Respite care provides relief to families with a child or other family member who is ill or has a disability.
    • Parent mentor programs match experienced, stable parents with parents at risk for abuse. Mentors provide support and model positive parenting skills.
    • Family support centers offer an array of preventive support services, including many of those listed above, as well as referral to other community services.
    • Parent support groups offer a place for parents to meet and discuss parenting issues, exchange ideas, and offer support.


Take part in community prevention efforts.

    • Help local organizations distribute educational materials on parenting and child abuse prevention.
    • Encourage local schools or other community organizations to provide parenting education.
    • Request a speaker or in-service training through the child protective services hotline.
    • Offer to speak to the media and other groups about your own experiences as a parent. Parents Anonymous ® Inc. has a resource guide, Media Guide for Parent Leaders,that may be helpful.
    • Organize a fundraiser or a food drive to support an organization that helps families in your community.
    • Help the public library develop resources for parents. Work with the librarian to develop a collection of resources on child development and parenting skills.
    • Provide friendship an guidance to parents and children who need your help by volunteering for programs such as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).
    • Contact your elected officials and ask them to support funding for prevention efforts and policies that support children and families.
    • Make a donation to an organization that works to prevent child abuse. You can donate money, or give clothing, food, or toys to a social service agency that helps families in your community.
    • Start or join a community coalition to prevent child abuse and neglect.


Adapted from gateways to prevention 2003 child abuse prevention community resource packet

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