Community Partners

We are grateful to be working with our community partners. Each has a different role in how they serve kids in the Geauga County community who are abused, neglected or at -risk but all have one common goal: to make a difference in children’s lives.

Geauga Family First Council

Collaborating to help children and families succeed.

 

Established pursuant to Ohio Revised Code, Geauga Family First Council is a collaborative, inter-agency organization committed to removing barriers for multi-need children through prevention, early intervention and an inter-system provision of services which support the entire family. Council provides the framework for county agencies to coordinate efforts and to take a pro-active approach to sharing resources and information and discussing areas of concern which impact both families and services.

One of the major functions our Council provides in the county is Service Coordination. Referrals come from Council’s community partners including the schools, JFS, Juvenile Court, the DD Board, and mental health professionals. In Geauga, Service Coordination, is essentially a way of doing business based on the Council philosophy that the kids, being served through Council- funded programs and individualized services, are the “community’s kids,”
Council’s Family Stability Team is the entry-point for individualized support and flexible services geared to strengthening families and keeping children in their own homes. Family Stability services increase the involvement of parents and maintain children in the least restrictive and safest environment possible and are provided through an inter-agency partnership. We work to ensure that families receive the services they need when they need them – whether to resolve chronic issues or address crises. The Hope for Kids funding our Council receives is an instrumental part of our Family Stability Program.
For more information please visit Council’s website: www.geaugaffc.org

Special Services of Geauga County

The mission and goal of Special Services is to assist residents of Geauga County in need, who are struggling financially, and have exhausted traditional assistance programs; or their need goes beyond the scope of traditional assistance programs. Since the mid 1970’s, Geauga County has provided this assistance to residents of Geauga County. Over the years, the number of people served has grown and the scope of the program has evolved as the needs of the county residents change.

In essence, Special Services is a conduit between people in Geauga County who are in need, and people in Geauga County who want to help. The Community Support/Volunteer Coordinator serves as that conduit and is employed by Geauga County Job and Family Services. Funding for Special Services’ programs and the assistance it provides to Geauga residents comes solely from donations. Donations (monetary and otherwise) are received from individuals, businesses, civic groups, churches, clubs, and other organizations. Throughout the year, donations are sought to fund projects or help with specific needs. Hope for Kids assists in funding two vital programs, The Summer Camp and Enrichment Program and Help Me Learn Day.

The Summer Camp and Enrichment Program is a funding source that provides low income Geauga County children and foster children an opportunity to attend a summer camp, or participate in other type of enrichment activities. While this is a year-round program, most of the requests are received during the summer months.
Help Me Learn Day is a school supply distribution program serving low income Geauga Co. children and foster children. Two distribution days are held each year in August. The first is at Geauga Co. Job and Family Services, and the second is at Chagrin Falls Park Community Center. Pre-registration is required. Eligible children are invited to come to one of the two events to “shop” for their school supplies with the help of volunteers.

For more information please visit Special Services web page here

Job and Family Services – Child Protective Services

Geauga County Job and Family Services is the county agency designated by law to provide for the care, protection, and placement of abused, neglected, and dependent children in Geauga County 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Children Services investigates allegations of child abuse, neglect, and dependency using a differential response model. In addition, we administer adoption assistance funds and support. We make reasonable efforts to prevent the removal of children from their homes and believe that children should be in the least restrictive family setting possible to meet their needs. Services are provided through a family-focused, strength based approach. We work cooperatively with our community to provide a collaborative approach in serving Geauga’s children and families.

For more information please visit Job and Family Services website here