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Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
30 E. Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3414
Ted Strickland
 Helen Jones-Kelley

May is Foster Care Month in Ohio:
ODJFS to host foster parent celebration May 1 in Columbus


Governor Ted Strickland has designated May as Foster Care Month in Ohio to recognize the contributions current foster parents make to the children they care for and to increase awareness of the need for more individuals to step forward and become foster parents. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) will kick off a month of events and activities around the state with a statewide recognition celebration on May 1 in Columbus.


"Having seen first hand the difference a caring adult makes in a child's life, I have tremendous admiration and appreciation for the special families who open their homes to a child in need," ODJFS Director Helen Jones-Kelley said. "In addition to these families there is always a need for caring individuals to step forward and provide a safe and stable environment."


ODJFS is hosting a Foster Care Month recognition celebration on May 1 at the Verne Riffe Center, 77 North High Street, Studio 2 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to honor the many individuals and organizations who contribute to Ohio's foster care program. Motivational speaker Reverend Darrell L. Armstrong will give the keynote address. Armstrong, a former foster child, is the founder and executive director of the National Association of Foster Children, Inc., a private, non-profit organization which seeks to raise community awareness about the plight of America's abused, abandoned and neglected children and to equip older foster youth with life skills training to successfully transition out of foster care.


Ohio has 18,440 children in temporary care, 5,118 of those living in one of 10,674 certified licensed foster homes. Local children services agencies regularly recruit potential families to serve in this capacity. A directory of county children services agencies is available at

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