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Adoption Day: Emotional and Fulfilling




What an incredible day!

I was fortunate enough to participate in an event where 13 children joined seven families, forming bonds that will last for the rest of their lives. Our Mass Adoption Ceremony was an emotional event that left me fulfilled and even more committed to the children and families we serve.

Seeing the joy on the faces of both children and families brought smiles to everyone in Judge Cissell’s courtroom. Hearing their stories and how they felt about their new families left many with tears in their eyes.

All four Cincinnati television stations covered the event and will run stories tonight.  I thank them for that because I think it is important the community see this joyous event. I hope to post clips to the coverage here on my blog early next week.

You can also find out more about the event on our website, www.hcjfs.org.

If you are moved to adopt after watching the stories, please visit www.hckids.org for more information and to see pictures, videos and biographies of the 190 or so children we have available for adoption. After seeing what I saw today, I am eager to find a happy home for each and every one of them!





Change a Child’s Life; Change Your Own Life

This article in our Update newsletter has been getting a lot of attention from the public. I am thrilled that a positive story like this has captured so much attention.

We have almost 200 children available for adoption on any given day. Their stories are all different, their personalities are different, their strengths and weaknesses are different. But they all have one thing in common: they need a loving family willing to give them a chance.

Adoption has great rewards. That child you take in could become a great athlete, actor, architect, attorney, artist or some other success. With the right nurturing, every one of our children will not only flourish, but bring tremendous joy to your life.

Visit www.hckids.org and learn more about the children we have available. You can even watch some of their videos to get a feel for them as a person.


Wear Blue to Work Day Unites County Residents Against Child Abuse

I hope everyone in our community will join me tomorrow in wearing blue to work to help spread awareness about child abuse in our community. So far, we have thousands of county residents who have signed on to the campaign.

Wear Blue to Work on April 11 is something going on in most Ohio counties. We are happy to be a part of it because it is something simple that everyone can do and it sends a strong message: we are united against child abuse. 

Our agency works with 16,000 abused and neglected children every year. We also see more than 2,000 new children come into our system each year. This is a serious problem!

Here’s a link to a press release about our event. Please visit our Facebook page and join us!




Former Foster Child Steps Up for Kin

Nice and inspiring Father’s Day story about an Ohio man who is doing what he can to help his family.



37 Graduates Celebrate Overcoming Tough Obstacles on the way to Success

Tomorrow’s a big day as we will celebrate 37 foster teens graduating high school. This is always one of my favorite events because it gives us a chance to reward teens who have overcome tremendous obstacles and say thanks to those who helped them. The event is so full of hope and inspiration. But I always remind them, this is not an end, but a beginning. They have already shown they have the strength to persevere through tough times. Adulthood — often without a family — will bring a whole new set of problems. But they have experience to draw on.

Here’s more on the event:


Ten Years of Helping Children and Families

I am very proud of the work we do throughout our entire agency. We have many incredible, dedicated employees who go to great lengths to help the people we serve. We are not perfect and we make mistakes, but the overwhelming majority of people who work here do everything they can to improve this community.

The workers at The Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center are a perfect example. These dedicated employees investigate the worst cases of abuse we see in this agency. It is a tough job and takes its toll.

When the Mayerson Center opened Oct. 1, 2000, it was lauded as a first-of-its-kind facility. Mayerson is a holistic, therapeutic center for handling children who are abused and neglected and must be interviewed by social workers, police, prosecutors, medical providers and victim’s advocates. Instead of shuttling between these offices, being interviewed multiple times and having to endure multiple examinations, children receive cooperative care from everyone in a comfortable, friendly setting.

Hamilton County staff working at the center handles about 1,000 cases a year, but the center serves the region and handles even more cases.

The most important reason the center exists is that it makes it easier on the children and families. Many have been through horrific ordeals, and we need to ensure they are treated with as little trauma as possible.

Happy anniversary to the entire staff at Mayerson, not just the JFS staff. Congratulations on 10 years of service to this community.