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Medina County Job and Family Services is hosting a Foster/Adoptive Parent Open House on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 232 Northland Dr. in Medina. There is a need for parents who are open to children of all ages, especially for infants through school age children and sibling groups. You will receive training and support. It doesn’t matter whether you are married or single, own or rent your home, or live in a house, apartment or mobile home. You don’t need to be wealthy; you just need to earn enough to support yourself. You’ll need to attend training classes to prepare for parenting these children and to make sure your home is a safe and welcoming place for them. Background checks will be made to make sure that everyone living with you is a safe person to have around kids.

Medina County Job and Family Services will provide support before, during and after the placement to help make a good adjustment and link your family with services in the community. We urge you to learn more about foster care adoption. No pre-registration is required for the Open House. Training classes begin October 2, 2014. To learn more, contact us at 330-661-0817.

To Report Child Abuse or Elder Abuse

To report abuse concerns for children or the elderly, call 330-661-0800 during normal business hours. For an after hour report, contact the Medina County Sheriff’s department at 330-725-6631

The staff of Medina County Job and Family Services (MCJFS) is striving to continuously improve our services to the community.  We are moving forward to successfully adapt to changes in the economy, changes in demographics, and changes in funding. Over the past couple of years, funding has been cut in half while caseloads have doubled. Recently, because of MCJFS staff reductions, 37 Child Support workers co-located to the building, joining the offices of Family First, Help Me Grow, and the Kidney Foundation.

With the goal of maintaining positive momentum, the County Commissioners recently allocated funding for Adult Protective Services for the very first time.

This has allowed MCJFS to add capacity to this program which serves all County residents sixty-years old and above. By collaborating with Family First and the Office of Older adults, a coordinated safety net exists to help seniors maintain a high quality of life in their own homes for as long as they can securely do so.

MCJFS is committed to maintaining the dynamic metabolism of change. This may include the roll out of national health care, off-site applications, better methods of fraud prevention, and finding foster families for teens who have suffered multiples losses. Whatever the case maybe, staff will do whatever it takes to get the job done.