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Richland County commissioners proclaim Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 21-25, 2014

Richland County commissioners on April 3 proclaimed this to be  "Child Abuse Prevention Month" throughout the county. Commissioners Tim Wert, Gary Utt and Edward Olson met with Richland County Children Services Executive Director Patty Harrelson, MSSA, LISW-S, to discuss child welfare issues and to read the proclamation.

In part, the commissioners' proclamation said, "... since 1883, (RCCS) has been committed to helping future generations succeed, is focused on ensuring the safety and well-being of all families, and is partnering with local, state and federal agencies to improve the lives of children and their families."

In its entirety, the proclamation from the county commissioners reads:

WHEREAS, children in Richland County are our most valuable resource, and they need our support to thrive and grow into healthy, productive adults;

 WHEREAS, During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we renew our unwavering commitment to protecting children and responding to child abuse, promoting healthy families, and building a brighter future for all;

 WHEREAS, every child deserves a nurturing family and a safe environment, free from fear, abuse, and neglect;

 WHEREAS, parents, guardians, relatives, and neighbors all share a responsibility to prevent these devastating crimes, and our local government plays a critical role as well;

 WHEREAS, Richland County Children Services has planted 2,391 Pinwheels for Prevention this month, each signifying an investigation into child abuse and neglect in 2013;

 WHEREAS, Children Services has adopted a theme this month, "Let's nurture their future, for our future ... Good beginnings last a lifetime;"

 WHEREAS, since 1883, the agency has been committed to helping future generations succeed, is focused on ensuring the safety and well-being of all families, and is partnering with local, state and federal agencies to improve the lives of children and their families.

 WHEREAS, we today call upon all Richland County residents to join the effort to keep children safe and families strong;

 THEREFORE, the Richland County Commissioners, do hereby proclaim April 2014 as Child Abuse Prevention Month and we call upon all residents to observe this month with programs and activities that help prevent child abuse and provide for children's physical, emotional, and developmental needs.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto set our hand this third day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen.

The proclamation is signed all three commissioners.


Richland County Children Services plans many Child Abuse Prevention activities during April

Richland County Children Services has a myriad of activities planned during April, designated again this year as national Child Abuse Prevention Month.

On Wednesday, April 2, at noon, the agency will again plant its "Pinwheels for Prevention" on the lawn outside the Mansfield Area Y. Agency employees and volunteers will plant 2,931 blue pinwheels in the grass between the Y and Lexington Avenue. The public is invited to participate in this annual event.

Agency officials will attend the Richland County Board of Commissioners meeting on Thursday, April 3, at 9:30 a.m. to hear commissioners read a special proclamation making April the official Child Abuse Prevention Month in the county.

On Friday, April 4, at 8:30 a.m., the public is invited to a brief dedication ceremony for the "Pinwheels for Prevention Display." Proclamations from the county commissioners and Mansfield Mayor Tim Theaker will be read and agency Executive Director Patty Harrelson, MSSA, LISW-S, will also speak.

The agency's annual 24-hour Swim/Bike/Run event begins later that day, running from 4 p.m. on Friday until 4 p.m. on Saturday. It will again be inside the Mansfield Area Y. The event is done to remind the community the agency is open for calls from the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The agency's pledge is someone will be walking, running, swimming or biking during the entire 24-hour period. The public is invited to participate. You do not have to be a member of the Y to take part in the event.

Richland County Children Services will again participate in the statewide "Wear Blue Day" on Wednesday, April 9. All local employers, schools, agencies and others are asked to wear blue that day. The agency will send someone to take a photo and will also accept photos submitted via e-mail to Carl Hunnell, public information supervisor, at hunnec@odjfs.state.oh.us.

Contact Brianne Kindinger at 419-774-4100 for information on how you can get involved in all of these activities.


143 participants log 687 miles during annual 24-hour Swim/Bike/Run event

There were 143 participants in this year's 24-hour Swim/Bike/Run event at the Mansfield Area Y, including employees, their family members and volunteers. Participants generated 687 miles during the event, from Friday at 4 p.m. to Saturday at 4 p.m., including 389.5 miles running/walking, 275.5 miles biking and 22 miles swimming. RCCS thanks its friends at the Mansfield Area Y for again allowing the usage of their great facility for the event. Click here to view a photo gallery from the event


Agency annual report now available here online

Richland County Children Services has posted its 2013 annual report on its Web site.

The report details agency activities during the past year, as well as financial information and plans for the future. You can view the 10-page annual report by clicking the link below.

2013 Richland County Children Services Annual Report to the Community



Shelby woman added to Richland County Children Services Board

The Richland County Children Services Board has appointed Shelby resident Lynn Friebel to the nine-member Richland County Children Services Board.

The board meets in regular monthly session on the second Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m. in the board meeting room at the 731 Scholl Road agency.

Board officers this year are Pamela Siegenthaler, chair; David Leitenberger, vice chair; Robert Kirkendall, treasurer; and James Kulig, secretary. Other board members are Dr. Michelle Kowalski, Renee Bessick, Deanna West-Torrence and Jason Murray.








Click here to see all of the Richland County Children Service photo galleries.

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