Athens County Children Services

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In This Issue
Children Waiting: Austin
Girl Power Etiquette Formal
Social Work Matters
Wear Blue to Work Day
Kidfest T-Shirt Contest
Upcoming Events
Children Waiting


Austin, Age 13



Austin is an active yet sensitive boy who loves to ride his bike, do art projects and sing music at church. He has been able to take care of animals at his current placement, helping with their food and care. Austin can be creative and imaginative in his storytelling and ability to make scenes out of Legos. He enjoys one-on-one attention with his caregiver whether cleaning, yard work or playing a game.



Austin is in the 7th grade and would need parents who can advocate for his educational needs through a specialized school setting. Austin would need to continue with occupational therapy services, counseling and medication. He would also like to maintain contact with his brother and grandparents.



Could you be the family that helps Austin heal? Austin is in the permanent custody of Athens County Children Services and is legally available for adoption. Subsidies are available. 

Community Education


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 Laura Bobo.

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)


Girl Power Etiquette Formal!  

Girl Power Formal
Photo by Meg Vogel

Trimble Girl Power got a very special treat on February 10, as the Future Women of Appalachia hosted the second annual Girl Power Etiquette Formal at the Baker Multicultural Center on the Ohio University Campus. 


Girl Power and FWA
Photo by Meg Vogel

There's a great article on the Etiquette Formal in the Athens News. Follow this link to read more!


Meg Vogel has taken pictures of Girl Power since early 2011. If you are interested in seeing more of her work, please visit her blog:

Social Work Matters


This March, Athens County Children Services celebrates Social Work Month with the theme "Social Work Matters". This idea is one of the core reasons we come to work each day, and the staff of ACCS strongly holds to this belief. 


Child maltreatment is a critical and complex issue for children, families and the systems that serve Carriethem. Social workers help families identify resources and build protective capacities to stabilize their families. They assist families in identifying supportive kin and community networks, help establish economic stability, build parenting skills, and strengthen self esteem and coping abilities.


ACCS values the impact of good social work practice. The agency is committed to employing qualified, competent staff.  ACCS provides a framework for service so that social workers can most effectively work with families. 


Social workers are energetic and creative! By supporting our skilled social work staff we allow them to bring their talents and commitment to the families they serve. We at Athens County Children Services are very proud of our agency social work staff and KNOW that they make a difference in the lives of children and families.


Let us celebrate their choice to join the social work profession to serve others and make a difference. If you see a social worker, thank them!

Wear Blue to Work Day

In 2011, Athens County Children Services received 1375 reports of child abuse and neglect. The best way to prevent abuse is to raise awareness. We wish to engage the Athens community as our Wear Blue To Work partner in the effort to spread awareness. Together, we can show a united front in preventing abuse and neglect in Athens County.


On April 11, 2012, professionals in all parts of Athens County will "Wear Blue to Work" to demonstrate their commitment to the safety of children.  Will you and your co-workers join us?


To participate, please contact Sherri Oliver at 740-592-3061 or by e-mail at Participation is simple: just wear blue to work, snap a photo of your staff, and send that photo to ACCS. We'll post photos of WB2W participants throughout the day on April 11. We look forward to having as many community members involved as possible.


Please join us! Call 592-3061 today.

Kidfest T-Shirt Contest!


Do you know an artist age 12 or under who lives in Athens County? We want them to design the next Kidfest t-shirt!


Drawings should depict why it's great to be a kid in Athens County, submitted on 8.5x11 white paper no later than March 19, 2012. All entries should be mailed to:


Athens County Children Services 

Attn: Sherri Oliver 
PO Box 1046

Athens, OH 45701


Digital entries may be e-mailed to: 


The winner of the contest will receive tickets for the class of their choice to attend Kidfest for free, Kidfest tickets for their family, and a tee-shirt with their winning design! ALL valid entries will receive two free tickets to Kidfest.


For more information and official rules, please visit our website.

Upcoming Events
March 2012
National Social Work Month

Thursday, March 8
Foster Care Information Meeting
@ ACCS Building 14
Meeting starts at 6:30 pm, ends at 8:30 pm

Tuesday, March 20
World Social Work Day 

April 2012
Child Abuse Prevention Month

Wednesday, April 11
Wear Blue to Work Day! 
We encourage all professionals in Athens County to wear blue to work to recognize the importance of preventing child abuse. Contact Sherri Oliver at 592-3061 or at for more information on how to become a part of Wear Blue to Work Day.

Saturday, April 21
Join us for the 23rd annual Kidfest at the Convo

Athens County Childrens Services

P.O. Box 1046 Athens, Ohio 45701

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