MISSION STATEMENT FOR CHILDREN SERVICES
The Children Services Division is dedicated to protecting children from abuse and neglect, preserving families when possible, reuniting children with their parents when the problems that caused abuse or neglect are resolved, and permanency for those children who cannot be reunified.
The Lake County Department of Job and Family Services has the responsibility and authority to provide protective services to children residing in Lake County. The Ohio Revised Code dictates the services which must be afforded to all minor children.
The Division receives referrals of abuse, neglect or dependency which must be investigated or assessed. The assessment process includes interviewing with the family and coordinating with various service providers in the community. Whenever referrals prove true, the Division must request assistance from the County Prosecutor to file a complaint in Juvenile Court on behalf of the alleged child victim. In some cases, the Juvenile Court awards custody of the child victim to the department.
When this occurs, the Division immediately initiates the provision of case management services to the family and the child. Services provided are intended to eliminate or alleviate the factors that contributed to the abuse, neglect or dependency of the child victim.
Additionally, the Children Services Division recruits and certifies foster care homes, and provides adoption services for the children in our custody. There is a great need for foster homes in Lake County. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent or adopting a child please contact the agency at (440) 350-4218 or (440) 918-4218 or click on the Foster Care/Adoption Information link below to learn more information.
To report suspected child or elder abuse or neglect, please contact the
24-Hour Child and Elder Abuse Hotline at
(440) 350-4000 or (440) 918-4000