Adams County Children Services is a public children services agency based out of Wilson Children's Home, in West Union, Ohio. Adams County Children Services is the agency responsible, by law, for helping children who are at risk of being abused, neglected or dependent. Adams County Children Services respects the family unit and recognizes the dignity, integrity and uniqueness of each family. Whenever possible, our goal is to keep children in their homes, when they can safely remain there. Adams County Children Services provides supportive services and referrals to families in order to help stabilize them and allow children to remain safely with their primary caregivers. When necessary, the children may need to be placed in an alternative setting while the child's family addresses the issues that placed the child(ren) at risk of abuse, neglect or dependency. Adams County Children Services will make contact with the parents/caregivers to identify appropriate relatives who may be able to provide care for the child, for as long as necessary. If a suitable relative is not available, the child will be placed into foster care or other approved/appropriate placement, until they can be reunified safely with their family. In each case, the safety of the child is paramount.

Adams County Children Services also believes in permanency for children. Children need and desire stability and permanency in their lives. If the crisis in a birth family cannot be resolved, it is our responsibility to seek an alternative, permanent family for those children in a timely manner.

Our Mandate

Adams County Children Services adheres to the laws and regulations as established by the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Administrative Code. According to the Ohio Revised Code, Public Children Services Agencies (PCSA’s) shall do all of the following:

  • Investigate allegations of child abuse, neglect or dependency
  • Make reasonable efforts to prevent the removal of children from their homes
  • Accept custody of children from courts with juvenile jurisdiction
  • Provide temporary emergency shelter when necessary
  • Find family foster homes for children
  • Implement a system for assessing risk to children
  • Administer state and federal adoption assistance funds

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