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

Warning Signs

When you choose a partner, you're not just choosing one for yourself. You're choosing one for your child.

But sometimes, when you're in love, you don't see the signs that could tip you off to a dangerous situation for your child.

The first thing to check when thinking about having your partner care for your child is the way your child reacts to your partner. Is your child afraid every time you leave? Does your child cry uncontrollably or shake with fear? Has the child started to show new behaviors like bed-wetting, thumb-sucking, being clingier than normal or crying uncontrollably every time you leave the room?

If you see any of these behaviors, think about the safety of your child.

Your Partner's Behavior
There are other questions you should ask yourself about your partner before leaving him/her alone with your child.

Does your partner:

  • Have a criminal history? Check out Resources link for websites that can be searched.
  • Get easily irritated or short-tempered when talking to your child?
  • Seem immature or overreact to things and need constant attention?
  • Deliver harsh punishments for minor rule infractions?
  • Show anger or impatience when your child cries or throws a tantrum?
  • Call your child bad names or put down your child?
  • Think it is funny to scare your child?
  • Make all the decisions for you and your child?
  • Say that you are a bad parent and not strict enough?
  • Hurt your child and blame you?
  • Handle weapons or illegal substances around your child?
  • Call your child a nuisance?

If you have answered "yes" to even one of these questions, your child could be at risk!

Do the right thing. Choose your child over your partner.

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