Athens County Children Services

December 2011  |  Volume 2  |  Issue 7       


 Report Child Abuse    |   Children Waiting   |   Events   |   Services   |   Foster & Adoption

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In This Issue
Children Waiting: CJ
The Santa Tree Project
Parenting Tips
Parenting Tips: Safe Halloween!
Children Waiting


CJ, age 14  



This youngster is very affectionate and loves to cuddle. C.J. is charming and funny and loves to play board games, Hungry Hippo, Twister, and Cranium Jr. He enjoys feeding and caring for animals and participating in Special Olympics.



C.J. needs a loving family who is willing and able to provide him with a high level of structure. Because he needs a lot of individual attention, C.J. would do better in a family where he is the only or youngest child. He has extended family members and siblings with whom he would like to stay in contact.  


C.J. is in the permanent custody of Athens Children Services and is legally available for adoption. Subsidies are available.


For more information on CJ, click here!   

Contact Us

If you suspect abuse or neglect, please call:



 (M-F, 8:00am - 4:30pm)



 (After-hours, weekends, holidays)

If you would like more information on foster care and adoption, please call:



 (M-F, 8:00am - 4:30pm)


Restructuring at ACCS 


Changes are taking place at ACCS! In an effort to provide more comprehensive services to the children and families of Athens County, our agency is reorganizing our service units.


Our Family Services unit is splitting into two teams: Family Services, whose workers will take a traditional response to child welfare, and Alternative Response (AR), whose workers will approach families with a differential response to child welfare practice. The Intake unit will focus on investigations of child abuse and neglect.

What does this mean for families? Better services and more specialized caseworkers. Look for more details on these exciting changes in the coming months.

Santa Tree Project 


Now in its 25th year, the Children Services Santa Tree continues to serve over 1100 children in Athens County who might not otherwise receive holiday gifts.


The Santa Tree is currently on display at the Market on State. If you haven't already done so, we encourage you to visit the Market and choose a child's ornament from the tree. Each ornament details the name, age, gender, clothing size, and gift requests of a child in Athens County who is in need.


There are other trees placed around the community at the following locations:
  • O'Bleness Memorial Hospital
  • The Castrop Center
  • Freed Chiropractic
  • Athens Sonic   
If you have already chosen an ornament from the tree, thank you. And remember, all gifts are due back to either the Market on State or Athens County Children Services no later than Wednesday, December 14!
Parenting: Starting new traditions


The holidays can be a stressful time for families. However, with a little work they can be a wonderful time for you to bond with your children and form new traditions.  

  • Build a snowman together as a family 
  • Open an Advent calendar with your children 
  • Go to holiday activities at your church or synagogue
  • Let kids choose the holiday music, and have a dance party! 
  • Start a tradition of holiday meditation geared to short attention spans
  • Bring out the ornaments, if you have a tree, and reminisce about each one with your children
  • Teach your children about the value of helping others by donating to a local toy drive 
(Source: Web MD)

Finding families for our children!

Finding Families for our Children


Thanks to everyone who attended our third annual Finding Families For Our Children event. Nearly 30 attendees came to learn about children in Athens County and eight surrounding Ohio Counties.

Community Education


Did you know that Athens County Children Services would love to come speak with your community group about how to recognize and prevent child abuse? For more information, please call (740) 592-3061 and ask to speak with either Laura Bobo or Donna Robison.

Athens County Childrens Services

P.O. Box 1046 Athens, Ohio 45701

Phone: (740) 592-3061 Fax: (740) 593-3880