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U.S. President proclaims April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 4, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump has proclaimed April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, continuing an annual tradition begun by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.

Baby Box program arrives in Richland County

March 10, 2017

A universal initiative designed to combat infant mortality rates has officially launched in Richland County, according to the Richland Source website.

Annual billboard contest invitations mailed to schools

February 7, 2017

Letters were mailed today inviting all Richland County third-grade students to participate in the fourth annual Richland County Children Services Billboard Picture Contest.

New session of foster parent training classes begins Jan. 21

January 12, 2017

A new round of free foster parent pre-service training classes begins on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Richland County Children Services.

National Adoption Awareness Month subject for WMFD-TV program

October 25, 2016

November is National Adoption Awareness Month, which was the focus of a recent taping of "Focus on North Central Ohio" on WMFD-TV.

Prospective foster parents learn about Richland County Children Services

September 28, 2016

Almost 20 local residents attended an informal open house on Tuesday evening at Richland County Children Services to learn more about the agency's foster parent program.

Informational meeting planned Tuesday for anyone interested in RCCS foster care program

September 21, 2016

Local adults interested in learning about foster care and adoption are invited to attend a Richland County Children Services informational meeting Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Richland County Children Services heads to annual Bellville Street Fair

September 13, 2016

Richland County Children Service returns on Wednesday to the annual Bellville Street Fair.

Gilliland tops all fund-raisers at third annual DV Shelter event

September 6, 2016

Edith Gilliland, the legal department manager for Richland County Children Services, again topped all entrants this past weekend in the third annual Great Sleep Out Against Domestic Violence.

One night in -- and Gilliland is going strong at Sleep Out

September 2, 2016

As of 8 a.m. today, 15 hours into the third annual Great Sleep Out Against Domestic Violence event, RCCS attorney Edith Gilliland is going strong.

RCCS attorney off -- and not sleeping -- at Domestic Violence Shelter benefit

September 1, 2016

Edith Gilliland, manager of the Richland County Children Services legal department, has taken to her mattress this evening for the third annual Great Sleep Out Against Domestic Violence event.

Edith Gilliland will represent agency at annual Great Sleep Out Against Domestic Violence

August 31, 2016

Edith Gilliland, manager of the Richland County Children Services legal department, will again represent the agency in the third annual Great Sleep Out Against Domestic Violence.

Foster parent recruitment topic for WMFD's "Focus on North Central Ohio"

August 29, 2016

Richland County Children Services program manager Nicole Foulks and foster care specialist Jason Kline today taped an episode of WMFD's "Focus on North Central Ohio" with host Doug Theaker.

Richland Source shares good news about clothing donation

August 23, 2016

Many thanks to our friends at the Richland Source for sharing the good news today about the significant clothing donation from David Lee and Carhartt.

RCCS accepts significant new clothing donation from Carhartt

August 22, 2016

Richland County Children Services today accepted the donation of about 200 new Carhartt clothing items, courtesy of territory sales manager David Lee from Lexington.

Informational meeting scheduled for prospective foster parents

August 19, 2016

Richland County Children Services will host an informational meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 27, for community members interested in learning more about the agency's foster care program.

Study says many parents put infants to sleep in dangerous positions

August 18, 2016

It's a tragedy that happens 3,500 times a year -- a parent puts an infant to sleep, and the child never wakes up. Most often, the cause is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. A new study finds many parents are not doing all they could to reduce the risk.

Every Kid is ONE Caring Adult Away From Being a Success Story

August 17, 2016

Josh Shipp, a former foster child, has spent his life helping adults understand teens and teens understand themselves.

Billboard contest winner gets her RCCS calendar

August 9, 2016

Laura Dick, a third-grader at Dowds Elementary School in Shelby, won the Richland County Children Services billboard contest earlier this year with her drawing.

United Way and School Specialty raise funds for school supplies

August 3, 2016

United Way of Richland County and School Specialty have joined forces for the upcoming school year. From Aug. 8 to 19, the two entities will launch an online giving platform through GoFundMe for each of the county's 28 elementary schools.

Got questions about foster care and adoptions? We have answers!

July 28, 2016

If you have ANY questions about foster care and adoption, Richland County Children Services has the answers.

Lorex recalls video baby monitors due to burn hazard

July 27, 2016

The video monitor's batteries can overheat, swell and expand and cause the battery cover to open or come off. This can expose hot batteries, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

Never leave a child unattended inside a hot vehicle

July 26, 2016

North central Ohio temperatures remain blistering hot this week. Did you know that, on average, 37 children in the United States die from heat-related deaths each year after being trapped inside vehicles?

New foster parent training sessions set to begin Aug. 2

July 14, 2016

A new series of foster parent training sessions begins Aug. 2 at Richland County Children Services in the Futty Training & Learning Center.

Annual RCCS Children's Calendar coming to the Richland County Fair

July 12, 2016

The third annual Richland County Children Services Children's Calendar is at the printer and will soon be ready for free distribution, beginning at the county fair in August.

Find Richland County Children Services on Facebook and Twitter

July 12, 2016

Richland County Children Services believes community education is an important component in the prevention of child abuse. That's why the public child welfare agency has a website and also uses Facebook and Twitter to communicate with the public.

Stay up to date on items being recalled that may affect child safety

July 11, 2016

Strollers, car seats, cribs are often items of interest to parents and children that show up on recall lists due to something in the product that needs to be repaired and/or replaced.

RCCS ready for 2016 Richland County Fair

July 7, 2016

Richland County Children Services will again participate in the 2016 Richland County Fair in Mansfield. This year's event is scheduled Aug. 6-13 at the 106-acre fairgrounds on the north side of the city.

Counties struggle to find funds for child welfare services during heroin epidemic

June 30, 2016

A statewide heroin epidemic is wreaking havoc on the state's child welfare system. According to the Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO), 13,579 children are currently in the custody of the state. It’s a 9 percent increase in children services cases since 2012. More disturbing than the number is why that number is so high.

Richland County Children Services gears up for Ontario 4th of July Festival

June 27, 2016

Richland County Children Services will have its tent (and loads of free popcorn) at the annual Ontario 4th of July Festival.

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